Germany’s Left party wins Thuringia election, far-right AfD comes in second

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The Left party landed a historic victory in the German state of Thuringia, preliminary results showed for the regional assembly. The far-right AfD also marked a successful night, overtaking Angela Merkel’s CDU.

Voters in the eastern German state of Thuringia boosted the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) in regional elections on Sunday, […], but the Left party will remain the dominant political force in the state.[…]

The far-right AfD party snagged 23.4% of the vote […] — and pushing German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU party into third place with 21.8%.

The turnout […] was unusually high. Nearly 65% of the state’s 1.7 million voters cast their ballots[…]. Postal votes were not included in the statistics.

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AfD confident after exit polls

The populist AfD party in Thuringia is led by Björn Höcke, who often draws attention to himself with firebrand statements. Höcke has notably criticized the Holocaust memorial […], describing it as a “memorial of shame” and called for a “reversal” of Germany’s culture of remembrance. […]

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