Erfurt (dpa) - The leaders of the Left, SPD, Greens and CDU in Thuringia want to decide today on the schedule for the dissolution of the state parliament and new elections.

The meeting in Erfurt is about the question of whether the new election of the state parliament planned for April 25 should be postponed in view of the dramatically increased number of corona infections in Thuringia.

For an election in April, the state parliament would have to dissolve in February - in the middle of the pandemic and possibly in a phase in which decisions about infection protection would have to be made.

Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (left) has governed since March 2020 with a red-red-green minority government, which is dependent on votes from the opposition CDU parliamentary group.

The Left, SPD, Greens and CDU had reached an agreement to end a week-long government crisis that enabled the state budget to be passed in 2021.

This stability pact also provides for early elections for the end of April.

So far, only the Greens have signaled that they can imagine postponing the state election because of the pandemic.

In a comparison of the federal states, Thuringia currently has the most new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days.

The parties want to comment on the results of the meeting around 4.30 p.m.