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German far-right AfD MP quits party whip hours after being elected

German far-right AfD MP quits party whip hours after being elected”

The rightwing nationalist Alternative für Deutschland, in celebratory mode after coming third in Germany's elections, was delivered a bombshell by its leader on Monday morning after she announced she would not sit with the party in the Bundestag.

"I think we should be open today that there is a disagreement over content in the AfD and I think we shouldn't hush this up because society is calling for an open debate", Petry told a joint news conference with other party leaders.

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

Frauke Petry walked out of a press conference at which the party leadership marvelled at its success, having secured 13% of the vote and 88 seats in the federal parliament.

Petry made her surprise announcement after the AfD scored 12.6 percent in Sunday's election, meaning it will be the first far-right party to enter the German parliament in more than half a century.

The newly-elected MP hails from the far-right wing of the AfD: she has called for German forces to use live ammunition to be used to prevent illegal border crossings, and wants to ban elements of Islam, such as minarets, from German towns.

She has previously been embroiled in power struggles with other members of the party, most notably over whether she should be its designated "lead candidate" in the election.

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.

The party, founded in 2013 by a group of academics opposed to the euro, has always been riven by infighting. All established parties refuse to work with the AfD.

It gained 94 seats - though after the MPs departure it will have just 93 taking the whip.



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