The elected chairpeople of Alternative fur Deutschland (AfD), Alexander Gauland and Alice Weidel, spoke to the press at the faction's first ever parliamentary meeting in Berlin, Monday. Addressing party chair Frauke Petry's sudden decision to step down, Gauland said that the issue was unavoidable and that his aim was to keep the party united. «It was important, as you know there was no point... Еще avoiding it — the party is in a difficult situation with the attitude of Frauke Petry, we wanted to make it clear that we both take hold, keep the party together and also to hold the faction together. And that was also the desire of the others,» Gauland said. The pair announced that they had been duly elected as the chairpeople to lead their faction in parliament, where the party will have 94 of 709 seats.