Far-right German MP quits over colleague’s Nazi remark

A second national lawmaker of Germany’s far-right AfD quit last Wednesday, ten days after the anti-immigration group emerged from elections as the country’s third strongest party.

Mario Mieruch, 42, a founding member of the Alternative for Germany, said he was quitting the party’s parliamentary faction, following in the footsteps of former co-leader Frauke Petry, who resigned from the faction and then the party last week.

The departure of the two MPs, who will now sit as independent lawmakers in the chamber, leave the anti-immigration and anti-Islam party with 92 parliamentarians on the opposition benches of the Bundestag.

“Keep going like this,” said a lawmaker of the far-left Die Linke party, Niema Movassat, on Twitter.

Mieruch told newspaper Bild that the AfD had not sufficiently distanced itself from comments by party member Bjoern Hoecke, who had called Berlin’s Holocaust memorial a “monument of shame.”

Mieruch is an ally of Petry’s husband Marcus Pretzell, who led local AfD MPs in North Rhine-Westphalia state before also quitting the party last week.

Petry, 42, was a former co-leader of the AfD which won 13 percent in September 24’s elections, becoming the first far-right party to enter Germany’s parliament in large numbers in the post-World War II era.

But one day after the election, she walked out of a press conference over the party’s growing radicalisation and bitter infighting.

Shortly afterwards, she quit the AfD altogether, hinting at plans to form a rival party.


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