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Congrats, jandsm! I was thinking of you when I watched for the results of that elections, and expected you to diary.

BTW I made some cosmetic changes to your diary; but I will also request one more definite clarification: about WASG. You didn't introduce it to readers, and it is not entirely clear to me whether you joined (1) the WASG in Hannover before unification with PDS started, (2) the "Left party" election party of the 2005 elections, or, as would most easily follow from your text, (3) the Hannover branch of PDS proper when it was yet fully separate from WASG.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon Oct 2nd, 2006 at 11:01:27 AM EST
The WASG (Wahlalternative Soziale Gerechtigkeit) was founded as a left alternative to the SPD by Union members and left social democrats.

I joined the PDS in 2004, way before the unification started. Legally, when WASG and PDS decided to run jointly in the Federal elections of 2005, WASG members joined the PDS and ran on her list. For this purpose, the PDS renamed itself in LINKSPARTEI (Left Party).

Both organizations still existing but have decided to merge by summer 2007. It is complicated, but I hope this helps.

by jandsm on Mon Oct 2nd, 2006 at 11:10:15 AM EST
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