On 6 June, the inhabitants of Sachsen-Anhalt in Germany went to cast their vote in the regional elections. ALDE Party member Freie Demokratische Partei (FDP) increased its vote share and passed the 5% threshold: with 6.4% of the votes, FDP managed to enter the regional parliament, after narrowly missing the threshold with 4.9% in the last election in 2016.
FDP lead candidate Lydia Hüskens brought her party into the state parliament for the first time in ten years with seven seats. After the results came out on Sunday, she was very proud, noting that her team had campaigned intensively during last few weeks with a message that really resonated with people.
FDP party leader Christian Lindner underlined the constructive role FDP will play during the negotiation talks for a future coalition. These elections were the last ones in Germany before the federal elections that will take place on 26 September.
“This election affirms our role on the federal level. Trustworthy but critical with the Grand Coalition. High sensitivity for liberty and civil rights. Clear ideas for digitalisation and better education, as well as reliable economic policy, so that society can finance its social and ecological aspirations,” Lindner said.
ALDE Party Vice President Alexander Graf Lambsdorff and fellow German liberals of the European Parliament, Moritz Körner and Nicola Beer, congratulated Hüskens and her colleagues on the great result.
FDP-Chef @c_lindner zeigt sich erfreut über die Landtagswahl in #SachsenAnhalt. Das Signal für die Bundestagswahl sei sehr deutlich: "Mit den Freien Demokraten ist in ganz Deutschland, in Ost und West zu rechnen." #ltwsa21 pic.twitter.com/oDLkJuCB2u— ZDFheute (@ZDFheute) June 6, 2021
Gratulation an @LydiaHueskens & die Freunde der @FDP_LSA und @JuLisLSA :überzeugend zurück im Landtag und gleich zwei Optionen auf Regierungsbeteiligung! #einlandfaehrthoch 💪💃💪 Hat Freude gemacht, mit Euch zu wahlkämpfen. Perfekte Vorlage für #BTW21 & parallelen Landtagswahlen— Nicola Beer (@nicolabeerfdp) June 6, 2021
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