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German AfD politician quits over 'camel drivers' race slur

AFP  |  Berlin 

A of Germany's far-right party today said he would resign after he insulted of Turkish origin, calling them "drivers".

Andre Poggenburg, 42, is the of the in the formerly communist eastern region of Saxony-Anhalt as well as of the anti-immigration party's state parliamentary group.

He will leave both posts from the end of March because of "pressure from the parliamentary group and party", the of the Alternative for (AfD) party said in a statement.

Poggenburg made the in February after a Turkish community organisation had questioned plans in to create a new "homeland" ministry.

He said needed no advice on its culture and history from Turks who he said bore responsibility "for their own genocide", the mass killings of Armenians in the World War I-era.

"Are they crazy?" he told several hundred mostly-male supporters in Nentmannsdorf, a village near

"These drivers should go back to where they belong, far beyond the Bosphorus, to their mud huts and multiple wives."


Poggenburg counts among the most right-leaning members of the AfD.

In a leak last year of a group chat of AfD members and supporters, Poggenburg was seen texting: "for the Germans" -- a slogan often used by neo-Nazis.

Defending the comment, Poggenburg then also issued a tweet saying: "Why should that put me under pressure? Of course Germany should belong to the "

Leading members of the AfD are never far from controversy, as they often make headlines with incendiary speech before backing away from the comments.

The party garnered almost 13 per cent of the vote in September's election, as it capitalised on anger against Angela Merkel's refugee policy that let in more than one million asylum seekers since 2015.

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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 19:15 IST
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