BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s left-wing party said Sunday it would hold a leadership vote in June amid a series of infighting, including over its handling of sexism allegations.
Co-leader Susanne Hennig-Wellsow resigned on Wednesday, citing sexism and unfulfilled hopes for party renewal.
“In light of the party’s difficult situation, the executive council demands a new mandate from the party congress,” he said. The statement also cited the need to clarify its political direction and reform the party structure.
The anti-capitalist party barely managed to enter parliament in the last elections and internal divisions have been exacerbated recently by Russia’s war in Ukraine. The left, whose roots include the Socialist Unity Party that controlled East Germany until reunification, has long had close ties with Moscow.
German weekly Der Spiegel reported last month that several female party members in the central state of Hesse had made allegations of sexual harassment and assault but received little support.
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One of the men allegedly accused of harassment was in a relationship with Janine Wissler, who is now the party’s second co-chair, Spiegel reported.
The left is part of the government of four of the 16 German states.
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