The former Saarland premier Peter Müller (CDU) will judge at the Federal Constitutional Court. The Federal Council approved the change unanimously. The 56-year-old Mueller will take over so that only a few months after his retirement from politics in his new job in Karlsruhe.
The countries of Appeal decided, as a successor to the middle of December Mueller retiring Udo Di Fabio in the second senate of the Karlsruhe court to appoint. For the successor to the former Federal Constitutional Court Judge Rudolph Mellinghoff certain of the Federal lawyer Sybille Kessal-Wulf.
Miller was the choice until shortly before the meeting of the Federal Council is not as safe. He needed in the Bundesrat a two thirds majority and was therefore dependent on the support of the SPD-led states. In recent months, critics in the opposition, but also in the coalition, among others complained that a change could make it politically from active party politics into the court judgeship vulnerable.Has been criticized to some extent, that he had too little legal experience. Mueller worked before his political career from 1986 to 1990 as judge, most recently at the Regional Court Saarbrücken.
The CDU politicians had already been traded since the end of 2010 as a candidate for Karlsruhe. In January, he finally announced his retirement from politics on. In August, the CDU politician Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to his successor as prime minister was elected in Saarbrücken. In Saarland, currently ruled by a Jamaica coalition of CDU, FDP and Greens. Mueller was first elected in 1999 Saarland Prime Minister. After ten years alone, the Union Government had been heaped in the 2009 election massive losses. Mueller was then the Jamaica Coalition.
The Saarland's Minister President Kramp-Karrenbauer said the miller's election to the constitutional judges fill them "with pride". "It speaks for him and our state, if one Saarländer such a responsible position is transferred," said Kramp-Karrenbauer.