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German far-right party expels northern regional leader

August 28, 2019
FILE - In this June 29, 2019 file photo politician Doris von Sayn-Wittgenstein is pictured at a party event in Henstedt-Ulzburg, Germany. The far-right Alternative for Germany party is expelling one of its regional leaders following a lengthy standoff over her support for a group described by intelligence officials as being extremist. Alternative for Germany said in a statement that a federal party tribunal on Wednesday decided to throw out Doris von Sayn-Wittgenstein because of “behavior damaging to the party.” (Markus Scholz/dpa via AP)
FILE - In this June 29, 2019 file photo politician Doris von Sayn-Wittgenstein is pictured at a party event in Henstedt-Ulzburg, Germany. The far-right Alternative for Germany party is expelling one of its regional leaders following a lengthy standoff over her support for a group described by intelligence officials as being extremist. Alternative for Germany said in a statement that a federal party tribunal on Wednesday decided to throw out Doris von Sayn-Wittgenstein because of “behavior damaging to the party.” (Markus Scholz/dpa via AP)

BERLIN (AP) — The far-right Alternative for Germany party is expelling one of its regional leaders following a lengthy standoff over her support for a group described by intelligence officials as being extremist.

Alternative for Germany said that a national party tribunal decided Wednesday to kick out Doris von Sayn-Wittgenstein because of “behavior damaging to the party.”

Von Sayn-Wittgenstein resigned as party leader in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany’s northernmost state, in December. She won the job back at a party congress in June, despite ongoing expulsion proceedings over her past support for the group Gedaechtnisstaette, or Memorial Site, which was co-founded by a convicted Holocaust denier.

The party is relatively weak in Schleswig-Holstein and has its biggest strongholds in the formerly communist east.

Von Sayn-Wittgenstein said she would take legal action against Wednesday’s decision.

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