The politics of
takes place within a framework of a Rhineland-Palatinate federal parliamentary representative democratic republic, where the Federal Government of Germany exercises sovereign rights with certain powers reserved to the states of Germany including Rhineland-Palatinate. The state has a multi-party system where the two main parties are the rightist Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the leftist Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD).
Every five years, all Germans residing in the State over the age of 18 elect the members of the
Rhineland-Palatinate Landtag. This regional parliament or legislature then elects the Minister-President and confirms the cabinet members. Rhineland-Palatinate is the only German Bundesland to have a cabinet minister for winegrowing ( ministry of economy, traffic, agriculture and winegrowing)
List of Minister-presidents of Rhineland-Palatinate [ edit ]
June 13, 1947 - July 9, 1947: Wilhelm Boden,
CDU 1947 - 1969:
Peter Altmeier, CDU 1969 - 1976:
Helmut Kohl, CDU 1976 - 1988:
Bernhard Vogel, CDU 1988 - 1991:
Carl-Ludwig Wagner, CDU 1991 - 1994:
Rudolf Scharping, SPD 1994 - 2013:
Kurt Beck, SPD 2013 - incumbent
Malu Dreyer, SPD
Latest election [ edit ]
Kurt Beck (SPD) remained Minister-President, winning an outright majority. Beck offered the FDP to continue the coalition ("red-yellow"). The FDP, however, declined and will be an opposition party. The Alliance '90/The Greens lost their representation in the State Parliament.