Frauke Petry (C), chairwoman of the anti-immigration party Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) reacts as she leaves a news conference in Berlin, Germany, September 25, 2017. (EUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)
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The leadership of Germany's far right cracked within hours of its electoral success Monday, when the highest-profile figure in its more moderate wing stormed out of its victory news conference and abandoned its parliamentary group."I've decided I won't be part of the AfD's group in the German parliament but will initially be an individual member of parliament in the lower house," Petry said as she left the party's news conference.She has said the AfD should be ready to join coalition governments, while other figures said the party should stick to opposition. All established parties refuse to work with the AfD.Once seen as a radical for transforming the AfD from an obscure group opposed to euro zone financial bailouts into Germany's leading anti-immigration party, Petry had distanced herself from other top AfD candidates before the election.
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