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World: Chairman of the Value Union: AfD wants CDU politician Otte as a candidate for Federal Presidential Election

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The AFD carries the controversial CDU conservative Max Otte the candidacy as Federal President. He wants to think intensively about it.

Max Ott, Chef der Werteunion (Archivbild von 2017) © Photo: Imago / Jürgen Heinrich Max Ott, Chief of the Value Union (Archive Image of 2017)

The Chairman of the Conservative Values ​​Union, Max Otte does not exclude for the AFD as a candidate for the Office of the Federal President. "Getting the candidacy as Federal President is one of the greatest honors that can happen," said the CDU politician of the German Press Agency on the question of whether he will compete for the AFD. "The Office offers the chance to heal, reconcile, to admonish. I advise me with my family and think intensively about it. "

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Previously, the AfD Otte had nominated according to matching reports of" Mirror "and " Time Online " as candidates for the office of the Federal President. In a joint conference call of the Federal Executive Board with the Landeschefs, a majority for Otte decided to report the "mirror". On Tuesday morning, the AFD did not comment on the report on Tuesday morning, but announced a press conference for the afternoon.

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The Value Union with your own Information about 4000 members sees itself as a representation of the conservative flow in the Union, but is not an official party leak. Internal critics have already accused Otte for a while longer to turn the Value Union to the right and to open to the AFD. Otte had announced in an interview in 2017, he wanted to choose the AFD at the general election - also because of the course of Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU). The fund manager had been until January 2021 Board of Trustees of the AFD-Close Desiderius Erasmus Foundation.

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 Not only Merkel banged the reconciliation gesture of the new party feet, but also ex-chairman Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. The justifications: narrow-lipped. © Photo: Picture Alliance / DPA / Michael Kappeler Angela Merkel (CDU) The former Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel does not want to become honorary chairman of the CDU according to the divested CDU party feet Armin Laschet. The basic question is whether that is still in time, Lashet said in the RTL / NTV "early start".

opportunities on the office of the Federal President has practically not. Storage Owner Frank-Walter Steinmeier runs with the support of government parties and the Union for another five years. About two weeks ago, the left had nominated the Mainz Socialist Gerhard Trabert as another candidate.

The Federal Assembly takes together on 13 February to elect the Federal President. She is counted 1472 members - the 736 members of the Bundestag and an equal number of people sending the 16 landdays. With the voices of SPD, Greens, FDP and CDU / CSU, Steinmeier can calculate virtually securely with re-election. Opposition parties have always sent their own applicants to the race by the highest State Office, even if this was hopeless. (dpa)

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