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Germany: AfD's Petry heralds her party’s regional election results02:39

Germany: AfD's Petry heralds her party’s regional election results

Germany, Berlin
March 14, 2016 at 17:23 GMT +00:00 · Published

Party members of the anti-refugee Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) party alongside its chairperson, Frauke Petry, held a press conference in Berlin on Monday following Sunday's regional elections.

Speaking from the Federal Press Conference building, Petry said that "despite a massive campaign against us in the weeks before the elections, 30 percent of Germans have said that they would vote for us."

Petry went on to stress that German society "has experienced further polarisation" while its "middle class continues to slide into poverty." This is why, she said, there is a need for a party like the AfD.

On Sunday, AfD achieved significant gains in Germany's regional elections. The party received enough votes to get into three state legislatures, securing 24.20 percent of the vote in the eastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt; 15 percent in Baden-Wuerttemberg; and 12.60 percent in Rhineland Palatinate.

Germany: AfD's Petry heralds her party’s regional election results02:39
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Party members of the anti-refugee Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) party alongside its chairperson, Frauke Petry, held a press conference in Berlin on Monday following Sunday's regional elections.

Speaking from the Federal Press Conference building, Petry said that "despite a massive campaign against us in the weeks before the elections, 30 percent of Germans have said that they would vote for us."

Petry went on to stress that German society "has experienced further polarisation" while its "middle class continues to slide into poverty." This is why, she said, there is a need for a party like the AfD.

On Sunday, AfD achieved significant gains in Germany's regional elections. The party received enough votes to get into three state legislatures, securing 24.20 percent of the vote in the eastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt; 15 percent in Baden-Wuerttemberg; and 12.60 percent in Rhineland Palatinate.

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