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Husband of far-right AfD co-leader to quit party, lawmaker says
September 26, 2017 / 10:56 AM / 25 days ago

Husband of far-right AfD co-leader to quit party, lawmaker says

DUESSELDORF, Germany (Reuters) - Marcus Pretzell, a senior member of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) and the husband of party co-leader Frauke Petry, on Tuesday told a regional party branch he wanted to leave the AfD, a regional lawmaker in the AfD said.

Anti-immigration party Alternative fuer Deutschland AfD party gets together for their first parliamentary meeting in Berlin, Germany September 26, 2017. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt

“Mr Pretzell told the parliamentary group he wants to leave the parliamentary group and then also the AfD,” said Helmut Seifen, a lawmaker in the regional assembly of the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia said.

Pretzell declined to comment.

Earlier on Tuesday German media reported that his wife, Petry, would leave the party that became the third largest group in parliament after Sunday’s national election

Reporting by Matthias Inverardi; Writing by Michelle Martin; Editing by Madeline Chambers

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