What is the Prime Minister's term of office

Bavaria: Söder wants to limit the Prime Minister's term of office

Bavaria's Prime Minister-designate Markus Söder (CSU) wants to limit the term of office of the head of government in the Free State to ten years. With the necessary constitutional amendment, Bavaria should take on a "pioneering role in all of Germany," said Söder Munich Mercury and the Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation.

Söder is to replace Horst Seehofer as Prime Minister in the first quarter of this year and lead the CSU as the top candidate in the state elections in October. About his plans for a maximum term of office, Söder said Munich Mercury, he "believes that now is the time for a new democratic chapter in Germany". "Bavaria should be a pioneer in this regard - I am in favor of a constitutional amendment to fix a term of office of two terms or ten years," he said.

As in the USA or France, a head of government in Germany should also know "in which timelines he has to complete things," said Söder. Many citizens felt a distance from politics. "A term limit would be a signal that it is more about the country than the person." In the Bavarian radio he said that such a limitation is also a sign of credibility.

Parliament and the population must agree

So far there are no restrictions for a Prime Minister in Bavaria, only the minimum age of 40 years. After the Second World War, Edmund Stoiber and Alfons Goppel (both CSU) ruled Bavaria as prime ministers for more than ten years. Söder's move requires a two-thirds majority in the state parliament, and the voters must also approve a referendum.

The Bavarian SPD parliamentary group leader Markus Rinderspacher welcomed Söder's plan. "I think it is right if prime ministers are not in office forever," he said on Bayerischer Rundfunk. But he is curious whether the CSU will bring the proposal to parliament or whether it is just a headline for the media. The chairman of the Free Voters, Hubert Aiwanger, expressed doubts: "I do not think that this is a serious concern, but part of an election campaign strategy to polish up one's own image," said Aiwanger. "(Söder) doesn't seriously want to quit at 60."