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Surprise: Nazi supporters have good chance to enter German parliament

Staff Writer | September 19, 2017
Six days ahead the election in Germany, Alexander Gauland, a candidate for Federal Chancellor for the Right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD), reasserted his admiration for the Nazi army, while his political party gains support among voters.
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Gauland said in a press release that his compatriots have "the right to be proud of the performance of German soldiers in the two World Wars," a position stated in recent campaign speeches during which, according to recent surveys, AfD has advanced, and is located in the third place.

According to the results of several polls, this ultraconservative force, founded in 2013, could obtain between 8 and 12 percent of the votes, a figure higher than the 4.7 achieved in the elections of 2013, and could integrate for the first time the Parliament (Bundestag), when surpassing the required five percent.

With ultranationalist and xenophobic messages, Gauland develops a strategy aimed at provoking fear among voters and recently stated that 'the spread of Islam is the most immediate challenge facing this country, as it constitutes a real threat to peace.'

AfD already has participation in 13 of the 16 German regional parliaments and, in the opinion of observers, its access to the Bundestag would mark a right for the rightwing that in addition to integrating all the commissions will have right to the first retort in all the parliamentary debates when it becomes the greatest opposition force.

Nearly 62 million Germans will vote on September 24, to elect members of parliament, currently composed of 630 deputies, for the period from 2017 to 2021.

After forming a coalition government, a process that can last a month, the president of Germany, a representative, will appoint the Federal Chancellor, who is normally the leader of the party most voted, and finally the parliamentarians will confirm that nomination by secret ballot.


 

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