Germany: Left party leader Hennig-Wellsow steps down

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Germany: Left party leader Hennig-Wellsow steps down

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Susanne Hennig-Wellsow is stepping down after leading the Left party for a little over a year - DW

A little over a year after taking over the leadership of the Left party, Susanne Hennig-Wellsow is stepping down, citing private reasons and a need for party renewal. She also criticized the party's handling of sexism.

The co-leader of Germany's socialist Left party, Susanne Hennig-Wellsow, has announced that she is resigning "with immediate effect."

In a statement published online, the 44-year-old politician said there were a number of reasons behind her decision, including the "handling of sexism" in the party's ranks and the need for "new faces" to drive the Left's renewal.

Hennig-Wellsow also cited her young son, saying her "private situation" did not allow her to commit the necessary time and energy to the party.

Click here to read the full article published by DW on 20 April 2022.

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