Bernd Lucke, founding member of the Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) party, waves during a party congress on July 4, 2015 in Essen, western Germany. Frauke Petry was elected the AfD party's new leader. AFP PHOTO / DPA / MAJA HITIJ
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Germany's anti-euro party, the Alternative for Germany (AfD), elected a new leader from the group's right wing Saturday to replace founder and frontman, Bernd Lucke, after a months-long power struggle.Frauke Petry, who heads a national conservative faction within the fledgling AfD, won a clear majority at a two-day party congress in the western city of Essen, which gathered about 3,500 members.Some 60 percent of delegates backed Petry, whose faction has been battling Lucke, the AfD's economic neo-liberal leader for months, and criticizes him for focusing too much on European policy.
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