A neo-Nazi politician has been elected as mayor of a city in Germany, furious all over the country, and is calling on him to resign.
Stefan Jagsch, of the extreme right-wing extremist National Democratic Party (NDP), was unanimously elected Thursday for the town of Waldsiedlung, near Frankfurt, after the position had remained vacant for weeks.
The politician has previously made controversial statements about migrants in Germany, including & # 39; the boat is full & # 39 ;, & # 39; stop the asylum flood & # 39; and & # 39; integration is genocide & # 39 ;.
The center-right party of German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned the move and called for a reversal of the decision.
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Lawmakers from other regular parties also showed a shock. NPD is known for its openly anti-migrant attitude.
On his Facebook page, Jagsch said that he & # 39; will support the interests of our district & # 39; to collaborate constructively with everyone and between parties, & # 39; add & # 39; of the people to the people! & # 39 ;.
Despite his attitude towards migrants, Jagsch made headlines in 2016 when he was rescued from a burning car wreck by a group of Syrian refugees.
He was voted by a council of seven members, including representatives of the Christian Democratic Union of Merkel (CDU), plus junior coalition member Social Democratic Party (SPD) and business-friendly Free Democratic Party (FDP).
Lawmakers from other regular parties also showed a shock. NPD is known for its openly anti-migrant attitude
Local CDU member Norbert Szielasko, who also voted for Jagsch, said the council chose him because & we have no one else, especially no one who knows how to use computers and send emails & # 39 ;.
A political storm is imminent after Jagsch was elected Waldsiedlung councilor, with a population of around 2,500 people.
& # 39; The SPD has a very clear position: we do not cooperate with nazi & # 39; s! Never! & # 39; the general secretary of the party Lars Klingbeil tweeted Saturday.
& # 39; That applies to the federal government, the state and the municipalities. The decision in Altenstadt is incomprehensible and cannot be justified.
& # 39; It must be reversed immediately. #noNPD. & # 39;
The general secretary of the CDU, Paul Ziemiak, also demanded that the decision be annulled.
& # 39; I'm shocked. The election of a member of a party pursuing anti-constitutional goals is a shame, & Ziemiak told Bild's edition on Monday.
The center-right party of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned the move and called for the decision to be reversed
& # 39; I expect this decision to be corrected. & # 39;
Peter Tauber, a CDU member of Germany's lower parliament for Hessen, the state in which Waldsiedlung is located, threatened action against those who elected Jagsch.
& # 39; Anyone who misses the political and moral compass and takes such an irresponsible election decision as a democrat cannot be accepted in the CDU, & # 39; tweeted Tauber Saturday.
& # 39; The election of an NPD politician as local leader in Altenstadt with the help of CDU & # 39; members & # 39; makes me horrible & # 39 ;, he added.
The FDP parliamentary chief, Marco Buschmann, described Jagsch's election as "double bad": first, that democrats voted for someone like him and, second, that no democratic candidate was ready to take on the role of leader. take & # 39 ;.
Regional CDU and SPD leaders in Altenstadt also condemned the decision.
& # 39; The election of a member of a party that, according to the Federal Constitutional Court, pursues anti-constitutional goals, is incomprehensible and unbearable for the CDU & # 39 ;, wrote Sven Mueller-Winter, party chairman for Altenstadt, and regional chairman Lucia Puttrich in a joint statement.
They called on the representatives that Jagsch had chosen to reconsider, understand, and correct their wrong decision.
Lisa Gnadl, the SPD chief of the district, was completely amazed & # 39; that Jagsch & # 39; was unanimously chosen & # 39; with the votes of CDU, SPD and FDP representatives.
& # 39; We will therefore have to investigate all consequences, & # 39; she added.
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