Wiesbaden – At a special session of the state parliament in the middle of the corona crisis, Michael Boddenberg is to be sworn in as the new Hessian finance minister. The previous CDU parliamentary group leader will succeed Thomas Schafer (CDU), who died unexpectedly last weekend. The police assume that the 54-year-old has committed suicide. Also on (tomorrow) Friday, the CDU parliamentary group wants to decide who will be its new chairman.
Hesse’s Prime Minister Volker Bouffier (CDU) had appointed Boddenberg Minister of Finance on Tuesday, now the state parliament has to formally agree with the simple majority of the parliamentarians present. The 60-year-old should then be sworn in. At the special meeting, the late Minister Schafer should also be reminded. The words of the state parliament president Boris Rhein (CDU) are expected at the beginning.
As with the previous plenary debate on March 24, stricter hygiene rules apply to the session to prevent infections with the coronavirus. This includes the deputies sitting in the hall at a large distance from each other. Parliamentarians can also watch the session from adjoining rooms or from their office.