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AfD politician loses committee chairmanship after Potsdam assembly

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Ulrich Siegmund (AfD) within the Magdeburg state parliament

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For an AfD member of the Magdeburg state parliament, participation within the Potsdam assembly has political penalties: Ulrich Siegmund was eliminated as chairman of the social committee. Because the AfD additionally didn’t elect a vp, it withdrew its secretaries from the manager committee.

DThe state parliament of Saxony-Anhalt has dismissed AfD politician Ulrich Siegmund as chairman of the social committee after his participation in a gathering between AfD representatives and conservatives and right-wing extremists in Potsdam. 71 MPs voted for the dismissal in parliament in Magdeburg on Wednesday. There have been 21 no votes. This achieved the mandatory two-thirds majority.

Several factions in parliament criticized Siegmund. He defined that he noticed no purpose in any respect to vacate his place as chairman of the social committee. Just as a result of he's sitting in a room and listening to a lecture doesn't imply he agrees with what's being stated, says Siegmund.

Siegmund got here beneath criticism after the assembly in Potsdam. The AfD co-parliamentary group chief acknowledged that he was on the assembly as a personal particular person. Other AfD politicians in addition to particular person members of the CDU and the Values ​​Union additionally took half.

The former head of the right-wing extremist Identitarian Movement in Austria, Martin Sellner, stated he spoke there about “remigration”. When right-wing extremists use the time period “remigration,” they often imply that enormous numbers of individuals of international origin ought to go away the nation – even beneath duress.

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Siegmund is probably not appointed committee chairman once more by his parliamentary group on this legislative interval. AfD co-parliamentary group chief Oliver Kirchner introduced a reshuffle within the Social Committee after the voting outcomes have been introduced. Hans-Thomas Tillschneider (AfD) is to turn out to be the brand new chairman of the social committee answerable for integration.

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In a subsequent election, AfD member of the state parliament Hagen Kohl didn’t be elected vice-president of parliament. In the key vote, Kohl obtained 32 sure votes. The AfD has 23 members of parliament. 58 MPs voted towards the AfD politician.

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Co-group chief Oliver Kirchner then introduced that the secretaries can be withdrawn from the manager committee with speedy impact. Years of parliamentary customs clearly don’t apply to the AfD, stated Kirchner. This step is being taken “so that at some point you might understand what democracy means.” Secretaries assist the President of Parliament in chairing the assembly. They are made by each authorities and opposition factions.

The AfD repeatedly tries to get a vp within the state parliament. None of the candidates have thus far obtained ample assist from the opposite factions. Several factions have repeatedly made it clear that they don’t wish to vote for any AfD candidate. In Saxony-Anhalt, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution has labeled the regional affiliation of Alternative for Germany as positively right-wing extremist.