Baden-Württemberg’s new government is sworn in

Winfried Kretschmann (Green Party) has been voted Baden-Württemberg’s governor for the third time. The 72-year-old was voted in by secret ballot by the majority of the representatives in the Stuttgart state parliament on Wednesday, 12th May. For the first time, Kretschmann became Baden-Württemberg’s head of government ten years ago. After his election, the eleven secretaries of the green-black coalition were sworn in. As the Green Party is the stronger faction, they provide six secretaries: for finances, environment, science, social affairs and transport as well as the culture secretary for the first time. The CDU provides five secretaries: justice, economics, agriculture, internal affairs and for the new Ministry of Living and State Development. On Tuesday, the Landtag (state parliament) again voted for Muhterem Aras (Green Party) as president of the Landtag. Among other things, she moderates the sessions. One focus of the new coalition treaty between the second green-black state government is climate protection. Among other things, they plan to make photovoltaics for all new buildings mandatory and a communal charge for public transport to strengthen bus and train traffic. The fast internet is supposed to supposed to be expanded. And the police are supposed to get more jobs.

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Im Stuttgarter Schloss sind Teile der Landesregierung untergebracht. Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL / Mostafa Elyasian.

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