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Regional German premier to step down after backlash over far-right support - Politico.eu
A regional, liberal German premier announced he will step down and call a new ballot -- a day after facing national backlash for being elected with votes from the far right.

Lawmakers from Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats and the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) had voted to install Thomas Kemmerich, from the liberal FDP party, as leader of the eastern state of Thuringia on Wednesday. But Kemmerich and the FDP -- which only has five seats in the regional parliament -- faced immediate criticism from across the political spectrum and accusations that they had collaborated with the AfD.

The surprise result marked the first time a state premier had been elected with support of the far-right party, and drew comparisons to historical tacit support some moderate parties gave to the Nazis.

by Bernard on Fri Feb 7th, 2020 at 10:37:50 PM EST

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