Just hours after Lufthansa’s former CEO Wolfgang Mayrhuber withdrew his candidacy to become Deutsche Lufthansa AG supervisory board chairman, Lufthansa announced it would stand by him.

Earlier in the day, the carrier said shareholder criticism forced Mayrhuber to withdraw his candidacy.  

“Following today’s repeated wish by the supervisory board that Wolfgang Mayrhuber should stand and the announcement by key investors that they would vote for him, Mayrhuber declared that he would uphold his candidacy for the Supervisory Board elections unchanged,” Lufthansa said in a statement. “The initially different indications were caused by voting recommendations that are unsuited to Germany’s two-tier corporate governance system,” it said.