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The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) gathered Saturday to vote in new leadership after its triumphant turnout in September's general election, as hundreds staged street protests against the anti-migrant, anti-Islam party.The AfD captured nearly 13 percent of the vote and almost 100 seats in parliament -- a watershed moment in post-war German politics that left Chancellor Angela Merkel as the winner but still searching for a ruling coalition.Some 600 delegates at the two-day congress in the northern city of Hanover will vote on a replacement for her as well as a new board, determining the ideological direction of the party.It is now represented in 14 of Germany's 16 state parliaments but has been shunned as a potential partner at the national level by the mainstream parties.The AfD had two leaders until now, Petry and Joerg Meuthen, who has allied himself with the party's radical nativist wing.
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