Germany: AfD leader J Μόrg Moyten resigns

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J Μόrg Moyten submitted his resignation today from the leadership of the Alternative for Germany (AfD), thus marking the -albeit temporary- end of the internal party battle for the direction of the party.

Mr Moiten, the AfD leader since 2015, has spoken out against the radicalization of parts of the party and sought to move to more moderate policies. Leaving, the former leader of the AfD claimed that the “logic of heresy” had been developed especially on the issue of the coronavirus pandemic. Many of the party officials refused to be vaccinated, while they had adopted some of the conspiracy theorists around the coronavirus. J Μόrg Moyten himself announced last summer that he had been vaccinated, only to receive harsh criticism from within the party. “People need to be able to decide for themselves,” he said at the time. In 2020, at the party congress, Mr. Moyten had warned of the danger of the AfD aligning itself fully with the negative movement.

In the same vein, Mr Moyten had clashed with the far-right wing of his party, led by AfD Thuringia, Bjνrn Hecke. The wing was officially disbanded in 2020, but has since regained significant strength. “Some parts of the AfD are not based on a free democratic constitutional basis. The party’s heart is beating very far right. I see clearly authoritarian tones there,” J Μόrg Moyten told German public television channel ARD today.

Among Moyten’s internal party rivals are parliamentary group leader Alice Weidel and his former co-chair, Timo Hroupala. “Khroupala, Weidel, Gowland (former head of the AfD Central Committee), Heke, will be very happy today that I finally left. They have been trying for that for a long time,” Moyten added.

In 2015, along with J Μόrg Moyten, Frauke Petri was elected party leader, who also proved to be too moderate for the AfD. After the 2017 elections, she became independent, criticizing some of her colleagues for “strange positions”, alluding to racist views.

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Source From: Capital

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