Frauke Petry, co-chair of the far-right AfD, reportedly quits the party

The Alternative for Germany may be losing a seat in parliament after co-chair Frauke Petry was quoted as saying she will leave the party. Petry had said on Monday she would not sit with the party group in the Bundestag.
Petry leaves press conference (picture-alliance/AP Photo/M. Schreiber)
  
Frauke Petry was not in attendance when the Alternative for Germany (AfD) convened in Berlin on Tuesday to discuss the formation of a parliamentary group and choose parliamentary speakers. The party co-chair was in Dresden, where DPA quoted her as confirming that she will quit the party.
“It’s clear that this step is coming,” she told the German news agency, although she did not set a date for when she would leave the AfD.
On Monday, in a joint appearance with lead candidates Alice Weidel and Alexander Gauland after the AfD entered the Bundestag with 94 seats, Petry surprised her fellow party leader by announcing she would vote as an independent. She said her decision was based on her belief that extremist statements made by other party leaders precluded it from exercising “constructive opposition.” Petry won her seat in parliament outright in her local district.
In the wake of that bombshell, Weidel and other leading lights in the AfD has called on Petry to quit the party. The lead candidates were still nonplussed the day after Petry’s surprise announcement but said they didn’t think it was the sign of major rebellion.
“We don’t think there will be another deputy, but we’ll have to wait at see,” Weidel said. “(Pertry’s step surprised us us all, but thus far we can’t see that it’s a trend.”
“I hope not,” said Gauland, whether the thought there would other “defections” from the AfD. “But I can’t read people’s minds.”
It is expected that Gauland and Weidel will be elected the AfD’s parliamentary leaders later on Tuesday or on Wednesday.
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