Bettina Jarasch (53, Greens) wants to take over the leadership of a red-green-red state government when she is re-elected on February 12 as mayor of Berlin.
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Bettina Jarasch wants to take over the leadership of a red-green-red state government when she is re-elected as mayor of Berlin on February 12.

Berlin – The Berliners greens have chosen Bettina Jarasch (53) as their top candidate for the re-election on February 12.

Bettina Jarasch (53, Greens) wants to take over the leadership of a red-green-red state government when she is re-elected on February 12 as mayor of Berlin. © Paul Zinken/dpa

At a small party conference on Saturday, 37 out of 40 delegates voted for the 53-year-old, who is Senator for the Environment and Mobility in the red-green-red Senate. She had already led the Greens into the election campaign last year.

“Berlin deserves a new leadership,” said Jarasch. “And I’m ready to take that lead.”

At the same time, the 53-year-old, who led the Greens in the 2021 election as a top candidate, made it clear that she would like to continue the coalition with the SPD and the left after the election. “Our preference is clear: we want to lead a coalition with red-red.”

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The Berlin Constitutional Court decided on Wednesday that the breakdown election to the House of Representatives on September 26, 2021 must be repeated in its entirety.

According to the verdict, the parties must compete with the same applicants as they did back then – this applies to both list and direct candidates. Jarasch was number one on the Greens state list.

The step was intended by the party leadership as a signal to strengthen Jarasch’s back. The vote was 92.5 percent.

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