Torsten Albig

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Torsten Albig
Minister-President of Schleswig-Holstein
Assumed office
12 June 2012
Preceded by Peter Harry Carstensen
Mayor of Kiel
In office
11 June 2009 – 6 May 2012
Preceded by Angelika Volquartz
Succeeded by Peter Todeskino (acting)
Personal details
Born (1965-05-25) 25 May 1965 (age 49)
Bremen, Germany
Nationality  Germany
Political party Social Democratic Party (SPD) (1982-)
Profession Civil servant

Torsten Albig (born 25 May 1965 in Bremen) is a German politician from the Social Democratic Party of Germany. In the Schleswig-Holstein state election 2012 Albig became the Minister-President of state Schleswig-Holstein in Northern Germany. From 2009 to 2012 he was the Lord Mayor of Kiel, the state capital of Schleswig-Holstein.

Albig is married and has two children.[1]

2012 state election[edit]

Torsten Albig was appointed candidate for Minister-President, representing his party, the SPD, in 2011 after a member's decision. At the election in 2012, SPD achieved 30.4% of the votes, not enough to beat the ruling CDU that got 30.8% of the popular vote. SPD and CDU achieved 22 seats each, and the election result made it possible for Albig to form a coalition government with the participation of the Green Party and the SSW, which is a regional party representing the Danish and Frisian minorities. The three parties have a narrow majority in the Landtag of Schleswig-Holstein with 35 of 69 seats. At the appointment in parliament though, he got 37 of 69 possible votes. The new-formed government of Schleswig-Holstein consisting of SPD, The Green Party and the SSW has never been seen before in German history.[2]

Albig succeeded Peter Harry Carstensen in the position as Minister-President of Schleswig-Holstein.


  1. ^ "Kabinett - SPD Schleswig-Holstein". SPD-Landesverband Schleswig-Holstein (in German). 6 June 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Dänen-Ampel steht – Albig regiert in Kiel". Die Welt (in German). 12 June 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 

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Preceded by
Peter Harry Carstensen
Minister-President of Schleswig-Holstein
12 June 2012 –
Preceded by
Angelika Volquartz
Mayor of Kiel
11 June 2009 – 6 May 2012
Succeeded by
Peter Todeskino