Germany: Brandenburg AfD group votes for Kalbitz to remain member despite expulsion from party

Brandenburg's AfD parliamentary group voted to allow the group's former leader Andreas Kalbitz to remain in the group as an independent, despite his recent expulsion from the party. The decision was reached by secret ballot with 18 yes votes out of 23 eligible votes, therefore the needed two-thirds majority was reached. The federal board of the AfD kicked Kalbitz out of the party last Friday... Еще with a 7-5 vote, claiming he violated membership statutes by hiding his membership of a Neo-Nazi group called HDJ (Homeland loyal German Youth) on his application in 2013.​ Dennis Hohloch, who is standing in as the leader of the Brandenburg AfD group, said that the group had «excluded the question about the parliamentary group leadership for now, based on the wish of Mr. Kalbitz, until the legal evaluation of the decision of the [AfD] federal board.» «We as the parliamentary group regard as a great mistake and therefore join the demand of the state association and we also make the demand, that we need a special party convention on the national level to demand the voting out of the federal board, added Hohloch. Kalbitz, who is pursuing legal action to have his expulsion overturned commented that he regretted that the AfD's federal board had «made themselves into the sidekicks of political opponents and the secret service.»

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