Politics of Rhineland-Palatinate
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Politics of Rhineland-Palatinate

The politics of Rhineland-Palatinate takes place within a framework of a 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 center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the center-left 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

Latest election

In the election, the SPD suffered large loss, falling by 10% of the vote and winning only one seat more than the Christian Democratic Union. The main winners were Alliance '90/The Greens, who surged to over 15% of the vote, having failed to even break through the 5% threshold in 2006. In 2011, however, the Free Democratic Party failed to break through 5%, and thus lost the 10 seats they'd won in 2006.

Map of results by constituency (Wahlkreis)
2021 Rhineland-Palatinate state election - composition chart.svg
Party Constituency Party list Total
seats
+/-
Votes % Seats Votes % Swing Seats
Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) 618,176 32.2 28 690,962 35.7 Decrease 0.5 11 39 Steady 0
Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) 604,088 31.4 23 535,318 27.7 Decrease 4.1 8 31 Decrease 4
Alliance 90/The Greens (GRÜNE) 210,022 10.9 1 179,860 9.3 Increase 4.0 9 10 Increase 4
Alternative for Germany (AfD) 145,383 7.6 0 160,293 8.3 Decrease 4.3 9 9 Decrease 5
Free Democratic Party (FDP) 115,530 6.0 0 106,809 5.5 Decrease 0.7 6 6 Decrease 1
Free Voters (FW) 143,940 7.5 0 103,619 5.4 Increase 3.2 6 6 Increase 6
The Left (LINKE) 54,139 2.8 0 48,206 2.5 Decrease 0.3 0 0 Steady 0
Human Environment Animal Protection - - - 32,527 1.7 New 0 0 New
Die PARTEI 8,402 0.4 0 20,519 1.1 New 0 0 New
Volt Germany 1,497 0.1 0 19,286 1.0 New 0 0 New
Climate List RLP 9,477 0.5 0 13,681 0.7 New 0 0 New
Ecological Democratic Party 8,198 0.4 0 13,406 0.7 Increase 0.3 0 0 Steady 0
Pirate Party Germany 1,820 0.1 0 10,393 0.5 Decrease 0.3 0 0 Steady 0
Grassroots Democracy Party of Germany 229 0.0 0 - - - - 0 New
Independents 1,678 0.1 0 - - - - 0 Steady 0
Total 1,922,579 100.0 52 1,934,879 100.0 - 49 101 Steady 0
Invalid/blank votes 34,770 1.8 - 22,470 1.1 -
Registered voters/turnout 3,042,414 64.3 - 3,042,414 64.3 Decrease 6.1
Source: State Returning Officer
Popular vote
SPD
35.71%
CDU
27.67%
GRÜNE
9.30%
AfD
8.28%
FDP
5.52%
FW
5.36%
LINKE
2.49%
Other
5.67%
Landtag seats
SPD
38.61%
CDU
30.69%
GRÜNE
9.90%
AfD
8.91%
FDP
5.94%
FW
5.94%

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