Socialhas been elected premier of North Rhine-Westphalia ( ), sealing her minority centre-left government rule in ’s most populous state.
Kraft’s coalition of centre-left (SPD) and environmentalist Greens will now take power in the western economic powerhouse, which has been politically paralysed for nine weeks following an inconclusive election result.
The outcome is a blow for beleaguered , whose centre-right federal government has now lost control of the upper house, or , which represents Germany's 16 states. This, in turn, will make it harder for her coalition of conservative ( ) and pro-business ( ) to pass legislation.
Kraft, 49, won the second ballot with 90 MPs voting for her, 80 against and 11 abstaining.
In her first address as premier, Kraft thanked the previous centre-right government – which was resoundingly trounced at the polls in May – for its five years’ service.
“Amid all the political differences, one goal unites us: a strong and liveable NRW,” she said.
As the leader of a minority government, Kraft will have a tough time passing legislation. Her “red-green” coalition will need to scrape together other parties’ votes in the state parliament – either from its left or its right – meaning it will need to make deals or risk a parliamentary deadlock.
Kraft said she wanted to work with all parties to ensure the smooth governing of the state.
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