Stalwart to quit German nationalist party days after election breakthrough

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Renner also suggested that by bringing conservative issues to the forefront of political dialogue, the AfD are protectors of democracy and not, as they have been dubbed, its gravediggers.

The rise of AFD is making some nervous; it's the first time a right-wing party has gained a prominent foothold in Germany's Parliament since World War II.

The goal that should unite all democratic parties: to make it clear to the voters that the AfD is not an alternative, so that it can land where it belongs - under the 5 percent hurdle!

In a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adeshina, President Buhari felicitates with the German Chancellor's party for producing leadership for the country for over 12 years and winning another opportunity to sustain the legacy of good work. Meanwhile, the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party saw its share jump to 13%, and will get 94 seats in parliament, having never won any before. The two historically dominant parties, fell to their lowest combined vote total since the founding of modern postwar Germany, at just 54 percent.

SPD deputy leader Manuela Schwesig has ruled out a re-run of Mrs Merkel's existing alliance with the party, confirming that her party will now go into opposition. This is a brave move in Germany, whose politics has been overshadowed by the Nazi era.

The euro slipped in early Asian trading on Monday trading, down 0.2 percent at $1.1930, with the prospect looming of months of uncertainty in Europe's biggest economy.

European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker gave his support to the conventions idea in his state of the union speech in early September.

The German electorate has returned Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union party to power, with her once again in charge for a remarkable fourth term.

Co-leader Frauke Petry, one of the party's most prominent faces, said she would not sit in parliament with AfD members.

Europe's far-right groups have a history of infighting among their various factions.

However, such FDP support would come with a cost: the job of Merkel's closest political ally and a stalwart of the German political scene for the past four decades, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble. Now they have to think why they have lost these votes, because next year they will have local elections in Bavaria.

On Sunday evening Merkel hoped to rule out a minority government, saying she wanted to "achieve a stable government in Germany".

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