Landtag of Brandenburg

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Landtag of Brandenburg

Landtag Brandenburg
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Leadership
President
Britta Stark, SPD
since 13 October 2004
Structure
Seats88
Brandenburg Landtag 2014.svg
Political groups
Government (47)

Opposition Parties (41)

Elections
Last election
14 September 2014
Next election
2019 or earlier
Meeting place
Potsdam Stadtschloss 07-2017.jpg
City Palace, Potsdam
Website
landtag.brandenburg.de

The Landtag of Brandenburg (Brandenburg State Parliament) is the unicameral legislature of the state of Brandenburg in Germany. It has 88 Members of Parliament.

History[edit]

The Landtag of Brandenburg was established in 1946 and abolished in 1952. It was re-established in 1990. The seat of the Parliament is the reconstructed Potsdam City Palace since early 2014. Its former seat was the Military School building on the Brauhausberg, Potsdam, which dates from 1902.

Elections[edit]

Elections to the Landtag use a hybrid system whereby the 44 electoral districts return one member each in first-past-the-post votes, and 44 seats are elected by party-list proportional representation. Every German citizen who has been habitually resident in Brandenburg for at least one month prior to the election is entitled to vote. [1]

Each elector has two votes, one for the individual representative of their electoral district and the other for a party list. The proportionally allocated seats are distribruted proportionally based on votes across the state to all parties or political unions on the list that received at least 5% of the vote in a constituency or who have won one or more directly elected seats.[1]

Candidates are required to be over 18 years old, be a citizen of Germany and have lived in the state of Brandenburg for 3 months.[2]

Elections are held every five years, on a Sunday or public holiday between 57 and 60 months after the start of the first legislative period after the previous election.[1]

The most recent election was held on 14 September, 2014[3] and so the next elections are expected to be held between June and September 2019. The legislature may be dissolved sooner by a two thirds majority vote, if this happens new elections must be held within 70 days.[4]

Current Composition[edit]

After the elections of September 14, 2014, the composition of the Landtag is as follows:

Party Seats
Social Democratic Party (SPD) 30
The Left (Die Linke) 17
Christian Democratic Union (CDU) 21
Alternative for Germany (AfD) 10
Alliance '90/The Greens 6
Free Voters 3
Independent 1

Presidents of the Landtag of Brandenburg[edit]

Name Period Party
Friedrich Ebert (junior) November 22, 1946–1949 SED
Otto Meier February, 1949–1952 SED
Herbert Knoblich October 26, 1990–October 13, 2004 SPD
Gunter Fritsch October 13, 2004–2014 SPD
Britta Stark October 8, 2014–present SPD

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Elections - Landtag Brandenburg". www.landtag.brandenburg.de. Redaktion des Landtages Brandenburg. Retrieved 2017-01-12.
  2. ^ "Elections". Welcome to Parliament. Landtag Brandenburg. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  3. ^ "German anti-euro AfD party wins seats in east". BBC News. 2014-09-15. Retrieved 2017-01-12.
  4. ^ "Article 62 (Legislative term, new elections)". Constitution of the Land of Brandenburg (PDF). Landtag Brandenburg. 2015. (2) The Landtag may dissolve itself by a resolution of a majority of two thirds of its members.
    (3) If the Landtag is dissolved, new elections shall be held within seventy days.

Coordinates: 52°23′16″N 13°03′48″E / 52.38778°N 13.06333°E / 52.38778; 13.06333