After winning the district election in the Sonneberg district, the AfD could soon hold another office in Thuringia. The state Office for the Protection of the Constitution there classifies the party as proven right-wing extremist.
The AfD has the chance to win its first mayoralty in Germany in Nordhausen, Thuringia. The decision will be made on Sunday in a runoff election to which almost 37,000 eligible voters in the industrial and university town are called.
The AfD candidate, 61-year-old entrepreneur Jörg Prophet, has a better starting position after the first round of voting. Two weeks ago he received 42.1 percent of the vote. Prophet replaces the independent incumbent Kai Buchmann, who received 23.7 percent of the vote in the first round.
Since the end of June, the AfD has won a district election in Thuringia and a mayoral election in Saxony-Anhalt. It all started with the Sonneberg district in southern Thuringia, where the AfD politician Robert Sesselmann was elected as the AfD’s first district administrator. His election sparked discussions and worried reactions across the country. In Thuringia, the AfD with its leader Björn Höcke is classified by the state Office for the Protection of the Constitution as proven right-wing extremist and is being monitored.
Nordhausen is a district town in northern Thuringia with around 42,000 inhabitants. In the first round of the mayoral election, voter turnout was 56.4 percent.
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