Bavaria has a new Minister-President: Markus Söder elected by Landtag following the resignation of Horst Seehofer


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On March 16th, the Bavarian Landtag elected Markus Söder as Horst Seehofer’s successor. Since the announcement of the resignation of the latter, his election has been assured as his party, the CSU, has had the absolute majority of parliamentary seats since the 2013 elections. Thus, Mr Söder becomes the CSU’s candidate to his own succession in the Bavarian state elections scheduled for October 2018, while Horst Seehofer remains the party’s leader.

Markus Söder is a Doctor of Laws from Nuremberg in Franconia. He joined the CSU in 1983 at the age of 15 and was then elected to Parliament in 1994 after having completed his law studies and having worked for the Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian radio and television). Between 1995 and 2003, he was President of the CSU youth organisation, from 2003 to 2007 he was Secretary General of the party. In 2007, he was appointed Bavarian State Minister for Federal and European Affairs, which is attached to the Bavarian State Chancellery in Munich. He was State Minister for Environment and Health from 2008 to 2011 and Minister of Finance from 2011 to 2018.

Horst Seehofer, who had been involved in the negotiations for a new coalition agreement between the CDU, the CSU and the SPD to form a new federal government in Berlin, resigned on March 13 and joined the federal government the following day as Minister of Internal Affairs.

The new Bavarian cabinet will be announced on March 21st.