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Armin Laschet resigns from office as Prime Minister – “was a great honor”

Now it’s official: Armin Laschet is no longer Prime Minister in North Rhine-Westphalia. His successor in the state parliament is to be elected on Wednesday.

Armin Laschet (CDU) resigned from office as Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia on Monday morning. State Parliament President André Kuper presented the future member of the Bundestag with his certificate of termination of office, as confirmed by the State Parliament and the Düsseldorf State Chancellery.

Laschet initially remains in office as a manager. As soon as the new Bundestag has been constituted on Tuesday, its deputy, NRW Family Minister Joachim Stamp (FDP), will probably take over the management of government affairs for one day. NRW Transport Minister Hendrik Wüst (CDU) is expected to be elected as the new Prime Minister in a special session of the state parliament on Wednesday.

With Laschet’s declaration of resignation, the office of all other members of the state government also ended. Laschet personally handed them their certificates of termination of office at the State Chancellery. According to the state constitution, the ministers remain in office until the successor takes office.

Laschet: “It was a great honor for me”

In the morning Laschet entered the office of the President of the State Parliament without comment to declare his resignation. When saying goodbye to his cabinet, he then looked back on the joint years of government with thanks, according to the State Chancellery, and said: “It has been a great honor for me to shape the future of our state as Prime Minister over the past four years and to advance North Rhine-Westphalia . ” The country has sharpened its European and international profile. “It was important to me to be a Prime Minister for everyone who lives with us in North Rhine-Westphalia and to strengthen the diversity and diversity of our state.”

Laschet drew an interim balance of success for his black-yellow coalition: record sums have been invested in early childhood education, childcare, better educational opportunities and the renovation and expansion of the infrastructure. In addition, his cabinet has launched an ambitious climate protection law and the first nationwide climate adaptation law, strengthened the police in terms of personnel and technology, declared war on criminals with a “zero tolerance strategy” and cut bureaucracy.

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Laschet held two posts for a short time

The resignation of the Prime Minister took place in the run-up to the constituent session of the German Bundestag on Tuesday, to which Laschet will then belong as a newly elected member. According to the state constitution, a member of the state government cannot be a member of the Bundestag at the same time. When the Bundestag meets, its executive office ends.

However, he is still allowed to be a simple member of the Düsseldorf state parliament. For an expected short time he will be a member of the state parliament and the Bundestag. According to the CDU parliamentary group, Laschet wants to return to Düsseldorf from Berlin on Wednesday in order to cast his vote for Wüst in his function as a member of the state parliament at the planned special session.

The black-yellow coalition only has a single majority in the state parliament – so it depends on each of the 100 CDU and FDP members in the 199-strong five-party parliament.

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