Bavarian M question: Aigner or Füracker as Söder heirs?

Parteien Bavarian M question: Aigner or Füracker as Söder heirs?

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Markus Söder (CSU), Prime Minister of Bavaria. Photo: Sven Hoppe / dpa

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Will Markus Söder be a candidate for chancellor and, in the end, even federal chancellor? The K question also causes many discussions in Bavaria and in the CSU. Including the question of succession. Two names in particular are mentioned.

The tension is almost palpable in the Bavarian state parliament these days: Will Markus Söder, against the declared will of the CDU leadership, but the Union's candidate for chancellor? Nothing is decided.

And yet is within the Christian Social Union In addition to the K question, the next question has already been discussed - the M question: who could inherit Söder as Prime Minister if the worst comes to the worst. Even if it were a few more steps and a few more months until then.

Basically it would be like this: If Söder actually became the next Federal Chancellor, a successor would have to be elected in the Landtag immediately, i.e. during the current legislative period. The next State election is not until 2023. The decision would therefore lie with the government factions, which would have to vote for the new or new with a majority - although the CSU, as the strongest faction, would of course have the sole right to propose.

If you ask around in the CSU, two names in particular come up: President of the Landtag Ilse Aigner and Finance Minister Albert Füracker. Many MEPs say that a decision would be made between these two. State Chancellor Florian Herrmann, Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann and Construction Minister Kerstin Schreyer are also mentioned - but for various reasons they are mostly discarded. So there were only Aigner and Füracker left.

Of course, the two of them don't say anything themselves. Now it's all about them K-question and then about the Bundestag election in autumn, which is so difficult for the Union, both argue in unison.

Both are equally entrusted with the office of prime minister. What speaks for Aigner is that she is much better known among the population than the finance minister, who is hands-on but also likes to act in the background in a modest manner. MPs point to Aigner's high level of sympathy among the population and that she fulfills her position as President of the State Parliament so well. In addition, the 56-year-old can refer to government experience in Berlin and Munich, she was even once - formally - Vice-Prime Minister in Bavaria.

In addition, Aigner is the chairwoman of the largest CSU district association in Upper Bavaria. And by the way, she is also a woman: For that reason alone, nothing will get past Aigner because she would then be the first female Prime Minister in the history of the Free State, say some MPs. In fact, the CSU and Söder personally have been declaring for years that they want to bring more women into political leadership positions - this would be the icing on the cake.

According to members of the state parliament, what speaks in favor of Füracker is that he is a strategic-political head who has been doing a very good job for years in the increasingly difficult finance department. As finance minister, the 53-year-old naturally has insight into all departments and departments - which is one of the reasons why a move to the state chancellery would not be far off. Füracker is technically well-versed and has a handle on the water, says a member of parliament. And by the way, he would then go away from Söders: from finance minister to prime minister.

Like Aigner, Füracker is also the chairman of a large CSU district association, namely in the Upper Palatinate. And what's more: Füracker is considered a close confidante of Söder. Söder would probably rather see Füracker in the State Chancellery than Aigner, says a CSU man. And even if the finance minister is not as publicly known as Aigner: If he should become prime minister, he would have two years to make himself known in the new office before the state elections.

The bottom line is that many in the CSU believe that Aigner would have more ambitions for a successor to Söder than Füracker. The finance minister has said that he has been “pushed out” for a long time, and not just since Söder threw himself into the race for the candidacy for chancellor.

On day X it would therefore depend on who of the two actually wants - and whether they would come to an agreement, if necessary. Otherwise, in case of doubt, a vote would have to be taken in the parliamentary group. And then - as is customary in battle votes - with an open outcome.