German nationalists pick duo to lead party into election

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BERLIN (AP) — The far-right Alternative for Germany has chosen two representatives supported by the hard-right wing of the party to lead it into the upcoming national election. The party announced Tuesday that 71% of members in an online poll voted for co-chairman Tino Chrupalla and parliamentary co-leader Alice Weidel, beating a rival duo from the more moderate wing of the party. Alternative for Germany has drifted steadily to the right since its founding in 2013, drawing increasing scrutiny from the country’s domestic intelligence agency. Recent polls suggest the party can hope to match its 2017 election result, when it got 12.6% of the vote after campaigning heavily against immigration.

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