Germany gets 1st state governor from communist-rooted party after lengthy negotiations

December 5, 2014 9:30 AM

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Germany gets 1st state governor from communist-rooted party after lengthy negotiations

A man holds a poster which shows Bodo Ramelow during a demonstration against the election of first state governor from the party 'Die Linke' (The Left), Bodo Ramelow, in Thuringia in front of the parliament building in Erfurt, central Germany, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. The parliament of the eastern German state Thuringia will elect the new governor on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer) (The Associated Press)

BERLIN – Germany's first state governor from a party with communist roots has taken office, following lengthy coalition negotiations tinged by concerns over his party's past.

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