Germany: "Die Linke" elects all female leadership duo at Berlin party congress

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Published on 27 Feb 2021, 18:45
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The 'Die Linke' party elected an all female leadership duo at its party congress in Berlin on Saturday, ahead of general elections due in September.

Janine Wissler and Susanne Hennig-Wellsow were elected with large majorities at the party conference, which was in part virtual due to COVID-19 restrictions. Wissler who was previously a leader of the 'Die Linke' parliamentary group in Hesse, was elected with a result of 84.2 percent of total votes, while the previous leader of the 'Die Linke' group in Thuringia, Hennig-Wellsow, received 70.5 percent of the delegate's votes.

"Preparations for the federal election are in progress and in this election campaign focus is on affordable housing, on change of the traffic, on good education above all: everywhere is 'Die Linke' a loud voice against the right-wing, against the Nazis within and outside of the parliament," said Wissler in her address after the election was pronounced.

"I hope we will manage to encourage many many other women to join the 'Die Linke' party, to take the politics into their own hands. To fight together with us for women rights, for feminism, for a fair world. To fight along for the good future of our children. To fight along that we overcome the ecological crisis," said Hennig-Wellsow, answering a question on what will be different now that two women will be the party's leaders.

The two women will replace the previous party's co-leaders Katja Kipping and Bernd Riexinger, who had led the party for almost nine years.

SOT, Janine Wissler, Co-leader of 'Die Linke' party (German): "I thank you for your trust and for this election result. I'm honoured and it is a great pleasure for me to be the co-leader of our party together with Susanne."

SOT, Janine Wissler, Co-leader of 'Die Linke' party (German): "Preparations for the federal election are in progress and in this election campaign focus is on affordable housing, on change of the traffic, on good education above all: 'Die Linke' is everywhere a loud voice against the right-wing, against the Nazis within and outside of the parliament." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*

SOT, Janine Wissler, Co-leader of 'Die Linke' party (German): "We want a change of the system towards a solidarity society, instead of turning back to a normal state of capitalism. Solidarity with the Global South means, the profit interests of the pharmaceutical industry should not have a priority but the saving of people's lives. We need a fair distribution of vaccines. Away with patents and bring on the licenses."

SOT, Janine Wissler, Co-leader of 'Die Linke' party (German): "We stand in the tradition of the labour and socialist movement. In the tradition of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht. Karl Marx's words are still applicable: 'to overturn all conditions in which man is a humiliated, enslaved, abandoned, contemptible being.' Let us use this party congress as a new start. Let us discuss how to reach different milieus and social groups. This exactly is our strength."

SOT, Susanne Hennig-Wellsow, Co-leader of 'Die Linke' party (German): "We will gather the state chairmans very quickly. We will very soon make phone calls with district leaders. Because for us is above all important what do you want us to do now. Of course, we have our own ideas, no question about that. But we want to hear from you, we want to know where can we start, where can we support you, where the shoe pinches you so that we can react as soon as possible." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*

SOT, Susanne Hennig-Wellsow, Co-leader of 'Die Linke' party (German): "Some of them (Die Linke members) are coming from Antifa background, others came from the environmental movement, a few were not politically organised before at all. But what is common for all of us is that the living conditions for the people are better and this is why we need a social change that will enable this exactly."

SOT, Susanne Hennig-Wellsow, Co-leader of 'Die Linke' party (German): "Janine and I are often being asked what will be different when two women are leading the party. So, what will be different? I hope we will manage to encourage many many other women to join 'Die Linke' party, to take the politics into their own hands. To fight together with us for women rights, for feminism, for a fair world. To fight along for the good future of our children. To fight along that we overcome the ecological crisis. And, that we together make it possible for many more women, who also want to get involved with the politics, to become stronger together as 'Die Linke' because millions of people are dependent on it: how are we doing politics, how consequently are we doing it and out of which reason." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*
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