The right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has won the mayoral election for the first time, with candidate Tim Lochner making history in the Saxon town of Pirna. This victory comes less than two weeks after the regional authorities classified the AfD as an “AfD.”extremist.“
The Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has enjoyed growing support among German voters in recent months, at a time when approval ratings for all three parties in the country's ruling “traffic light” coalition have reached record levels.
Lochner, the independent candidate representing the Alternative for Germany party, received 38.5% of the votes in the second round of voting on Sunday, ahead of the Christian Democratic Union Party's competitor, Kathrin Dollinger-Knuth, who received 31.4%.
The AfD candidate won 33% of the votes in the first round of voting on November 26, although none of the five candidates obtained the absolute majority needed for an outright victory, sending the vote to a second stage.
Two of the original contenders dropped out of the race before the second round and urged their supporters to vote for Dollinger Knuth. The Green and Left parties also supported her in the December elections, although their support was not enough to push the CDU into first place.
In a post on X (formerly Twitter), AfD co-leader Alice Weidel described Lochner's win as “Historical.“
Liberal Voters Party candidate Ralph Thiel, who came in third place with 30.1%, said that there is “The trend is across the country“Which shows that the AfD is”become stronger.“
The Green Party branch in Saxony said:panic“With the results of the elections in Berna, while the Left Party called for”All democratic parties“To unite against the AfD.
Earlier this month, the head of the Saxon branch of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Dirk Martin Christian, announced that the AfD had been officially deemed extremist because of its “politics.”Anti-constitutional agenda“
The new legal status allows the German intelligence service to deploy surveillance and intelligence means to collect information about right-wing party activities without restrictions.
Saxony became the third German region to take action against the AfD, after Thuringia and Sachsen-Anhalt.
The party previously obtained 27.5% of the votes in the last regional elections in Saxony in 2019.
In October, the Alternative for Germany party recorded its best performance ever in a West German state, receiving 18.4% of the vote in the regional elections in the state of Hesse.
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