July 24, 2021

Sahra Wagenknecht: party exclusion process starts – WELT

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Exclusion proceedings against Sahra Wagenknecht start

Sahra Wagenknecht is the top candidate in North Rhine-Westphalia

Sahra Wagenknecht is the top candidate in North Rhine-Westphalia

Source: Marlene Gawrisch / WELT

Left-wing members in North Rhine-Westphalia want to exclude Sahra Wagenknecht from the party. The applications have now been approved by the State Arbitration Commission. The procedure should be in writing.

Dhe party exclusion proceedings against the left-wing politician and North Rhine-Westphalian top candidate for the federal election, Sahra Wagenknecht, have been initiated by internal party critics. The two existing motions to expel Sahra Wagenknecht from the party would be bundled in one proceeding. “The procedure is being opened,” said the state arbitration commission of the North Rhine-Westphalia Left on Monday in a statement after a weekend consultation on the further procedure. “Der Spiegel” had previously reported on it.

According to the information provided by the regional arbitration commission, the procedure will be carried out as a written procedure. The Commission therefore expressly reserves the right to “switch to the procedure with an oral hearing at a later point in time if this proves to be necessary to clarify the facts or for legal reasons”.

Wagenknecht is a member of the North Rhine-Westphalia State Association of the Left. With her book “The Self-Righteous”, Wagenknecht recently came under massive criticism from within its own ranks. In it, she accuses left-wing parties of having lost sight of social issues and of alienating traditional voters with low incomes with gender, climate or organic food debates. She speaks of “lifestyle leftists”.

The criticism had already overshadowed Wagenknecht’s nomination as the top candidate of the NRW left for the Bundestag in mid-April: She had to face a fight vote for first place against two opposing candidates and received 61 percent.

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The chairman and top candidate of the left, Janine Wissler, is against the expulsion of the former parliamentary group leader Wagenknecht. “I do not think it is fundamentally right to clarify intra-party differences through exclusion procedures,” she said in a Phoenix interview the week before last. “Sahra Wagenknecht is the top candidate in North Rhine-Westphalia, and I am confident that this application for exclusion will not be approved”. The NRW state executive had previously stated that it was behind Wagenknecht.

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