Candidate becomes German governor with far-right backing

A pro-business politician has been elected as the governor of the eastern German state of Thuringia in a surprise result after a far-right party threw its votes behind him. Thomas Kemmerich of the Free Democrats, a party that only just made it into the state legislature in a regional election in October, threw his hat into the ring after left-wing incumbent and election winner Bodo Ramelow failed to secure a majority in two rounds of voting. Ramelow had hoped to carry on as governor leading the same three-party, left-leaning coalition he headed for the past five years.

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