Constitutional Court decides: Urgent application by the AfD parliamentary group to chair committee unsuccessful

For the time being, the AfD parliamentary group in the Bundestag must continue to do without chairing three committees. The Federal Constitutional Court rejected the provisional appointment of the AfD candidates not elected by the other MPs, as announced in Karlsruhe on Thursday. The final decision on the main issue is still pending.

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The interior and health committees as well as the committee for development cooperation fell to the AfD. Usually, the parliamentary groups then simply nominate the chairperson for their respective committees – an election is only held in the event of an objection. At the same time, the other deputies had on December 15 in all three committees let the AfD candidates fail.

The AfD claims that in this way it is denied equal participation. With the urgent application, the parliamentary group wants to ensure that the parliamentarians it has nominated are temporarily appointed as committee chairmen until their complaint in Karlsruhe has been finally examined. This is directed against the Bundestag, its Presidium and the committees concerned.

There had already been a dispute in the previous election period. At that time, the AfD MP Stephan Brandner had initially received the necessary majority in a secret ballot to take over the chairmanship of the legal committee. In November 2019, however, he was recalled – a unique event in the history of the Bundestag. The reason for this were several scandals that Brandner had triggered.

There is also still a process going on in Karlsruhe. In May 2020, the judges rejected an urgent request from the parliamentary group for Brandner’s reinstatement – on the grounds, among other things, that the AfD could reduce its impairment by naming another candidate itself. At the time, however, you also referred to the principle of equal treatment of the parliamentary groups. An effective opposition should not depend on the goodwill of the majority. (dpa)

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