The AfD is facing a change at the top of the party. According to reports, Alexander Gauland will resign. His designated successor apparently has the blessing of Höcke’s wing.
According to media reports, AfD leader Alexander Gauland will not run for office again this weekend at the party conference. This was decided at a crisis meeting of the party leadership on Tuesday, the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” and the “Bild” reported. Gauland is to be replaced by the Saxon AfD politician Tino Chrupalla. Chrupalla had confirmed his candidacy to the “Spiegel” on Wednesday.
Gauland had not previously determined whether he would run again or not. He made this dependent on the concrete circumstances at the party conference. According to the “FAZ” report, the participants of the crisis meeting on Tuesday agreed that Chrupalla had a good chance of being elected. According to the report, the radical right-wing movement “The Wing” around Björn Höcke wants to vote for him with a large majority.
Gottfried Curio, the domestic spokesman for the AfD parliamentary group, had also announced his candidacy for party leadership. Nicole Höchst, member of the Bundestag for Rhineland-Palatinate, is also considering a candidacy. Gauland’s co-chairman Jörg Meuthen also wants to retain his office.
The chairman of the AfD youth association Junge Alternative, Damian Lohr, spoke out in favor of Chrupalla on Wednesday. He told the ARD capital studio that he was “a conscientious, loose, integrant type, an excellent candidate”. With Meuthen “you have a West German academic at the top, so it would do you good to say: We as AfD also take the East with us.
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