Arthur Wagner, a leading member of far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party known for its anti-Muslim rhetoric, recently resigned his leading post within the party after deciding to become a Muslim, a party spokesperson confirmed.
The 48-year-old refused to comment on his decision, telling the daily newspaper Tagesspiegel that his resignation and conversion were his "private business", adding that no one in AfD had attempted to pressure him into resigning.
T he AfD party is known for its far-right beliefs and said on its that it is strongly anti-immigration and anti-Islam.
"For us, that is not a problem", Friese said, and added: "I do not think it's a problem for the majority in the party either". Being a Muslim was no barrier to being a member of the party, he said, despite the fact that among the party's campaign slogans before September's general election were "Islam has no place in Germany" and "Against the Islamisation of Germany".Читайте также: PSG's Pastore open to Inter move to earn World Cup spot
The party has been accused of stoking resentment towards the hundreds of thousands of Muslim refugees living in Germany.
In 2016, AfD co-leader Alexander Gauland said: "Islam is not a religion like Catholic or Protestant Christianity".
Wagner, who formerly belonged to the Christian Democrats and joined the AfD in 2015, is an active member of the German-Russian community and the vice-chair of the regional Russian-German committee.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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