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Anti-Islam Party Politician Resigns, Converts to Islam

• By Damien Sharkov

German broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported that Arthur Wagner left the Alternative for Germany (AfD), win which he was a member in the eastern state of Brandenburg, citing personal reasons for his decision. 

But speaking to Germany's Berliner Zeitung newspaper on Tuesday, AfD spokesman Daniel Friese claimed that Wanger had converted to Islam and that the AfD had "no problem with that."

The anti-immigration party received a surge in support in Germany's 2017 election, securing a record 12.6 percent of the vote and raising pressure on embattled Chancellor Angela Merkel, who had been outspoken in her backing for refugees and migrants settling in the country. 

Starting out as a Eurosceptic party less than a decade ago, the AfD capitalized on popular discontent about Merkel's policy on refugees, particularly in her home state of Bavaria, using openly anti-Muslim rhetoric in its campaign material. The party won 94 seats in parliament, although two of those members have since left.

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