Alexander Gauland and Jorg Meuthen were elected as the new federal spokespersons of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) in Hannover, Germany, on Saturday. Although Gauland did not intend to run as a candidate, he decided to take on the responsibility after two ballots between Georg Pazderski and Doris von Sayn-Wittgenstein ended in a draw. Meuthen was elected unanimously as he was... Еще widely expected to. Speaking on the topic of NATO, the newly-elected Gauland said that although he believes Germany should stay within the military alliance, in the future it should be replaced with a «European peace order together with Russia». The results of the leadership elections came one day earlier than expected during the party's first federal party convention since entering the German parliament. The meeting also marks the first since former party chair Frauke Petry left the AfD. The AfD convention was delayed, as counter-protesters attempted to block the road to the venue.