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Far-right AfD wins local election in ‘watershed moment’ for German politics

By Kate Connolly

26 Jun 2023 · 3 min read

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  1. The far-right Alternative für Deutschland party has won a district council election in Germany for the first time. The result is being described as a watershed moment in the country's politics.

The far-right Alternative für Deutschland has won a district council election in Germany for the first time, in what is being referred to as a watershed moment in the country’s politics.

The eastern town of Sonneberg, in the state of Thuringia, elected Robert Sesselmann to the post of district administrator, the equivalent of a mayor, with 52.8% of the vote, ousting the Christian Democrats’ (CDU) Jurgen Köpper on 47.2%.

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