News Nation Logo

German elections: Right-wing AfD hit with in-fight, key leader refuses to join party's parliamentary group

The Nationalist Alternative Of Germany Was Hit By Party Infighting Today Just Hours After Winning Its First Seats In Parliament; With Its Co-chief Frauke Petry Declaring That She Won’t Join Its Bundestag Group.

PTI | Updated on: 25 Sep 2017, 02:18:25 PM
AfD co-chief Frauke Petry (File Photo)


The nationalist Alternative of Germany was hit by party infighting on Monday just hours after winning its first seats in parliament; with its co-chief Frauke Petry declaring that she won’t join its Bundestag group.

“I decided after careful reflection that I will not sit with the (AfD) parliamentary group” in the Bundestag, Petry told a press conference alongside other key figures in the party before abruptly leaving the room.

Petry, who has long been locked in a dispute with more hardline AfD colleagues, won a seat in yesterday’s election and said she would still serve as an MP.

Her decision caught her colleagues by surprise at the press conference, and came a day after the AfD made history by sending dozens of lawmakers to parliament—a first since World War II for an openly anti-immigration and Islamophobic hard-right party.

Read | Angela Merkel wins fourth term in Germany, faces tricky coalition talks

Petry pointed to “dissent” within the party, and said there was no point hiding that.

She had openly criticised one of the party’s two leading candidates, Alexander Gauland, for saying that the AfD would “go after” Chancellor Angela Merkel and her government.

“That is rhetoric that I think... would not be seen as constructive by voters,” she told public broadcaster ZDF.

During the campaign, she also said Gauland’s claim that Germany should be proud of its World War I and II soldiers would cause voters to shun the party.

For all the Latest World News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.

First Published : 25 Sep 2017, 02:17:30 PM