The deputy chairman of the afd parliamentary group, peter felser, did not like to see thuringian right-wing defender bjorn hocke on the new party executive committee.
For the party, it would be better if hocke did not run for office, "because we first have to act with our full strength in realpolitik here in the bundestag," felser told the deutsche presse-agentur.
The afd intends to hold a delegates’ party congress in hanover on 2. December elections for a new federal executive committee. Since frauke petry left the party at the end of september, the sole chairman has been jorg meuthen, head of the baden-wurttemberg state parliamentary group.
Thuringian state and parliamentary group chairman hocke has not yet officially declared whether he intends to run for office. He is the founder of the right-wing nationalist "wing" that wants to position the afd as a "resistance movement against the further erosion of germany’s sovereignty and identity. In a controversial speech in dresden in january, hocke called for a "180-degree turnaround in remembrance policy". As a result, according to information from afd circles, several members had left the party.
"I don’t think he’ll be elected in, but that’s for the delegates to decide," felser said. "I also suspect that he will not even run," he added. The afd has great potential in thuringia anyway, which hocke could exploit for the party in the 2019 state elections. Current election polls see the afd in thuringia currently at around 20 percent. The party entered the erfurt state parliament in 2014 with 10.6 percent of the vote.
Felser is a member of the bavarian state association. He had no parliamentary experience until he entered the bundestag, not even at the local level. It therefore came as a surprise to him when he was asked to run for the deputy chairmanship of the parliamentary group, said felser.
In its 2016 manifesto, the afd calls for a maximum term limit of four legislative periods for members of parliament. Exceptions should only be made for directly elected deputies. "That’s our task, to implant that as DNA in the party," felser said. Those who sit in the bundestag for decades without a break often no longer know "what’s going on outside".