Updated October 12, 2021, 12:06 p.m.

  • Jörg Meuthen wants to remain politically active despite his withdrawal from the AfD party leadership.
  • His voice will remain audible, said the 60-year-old politician.
  • On Monday he announced that he would no longer run for the top post in the new election of the party executive in December.

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The long-time AfD leader Jörg Meuthen wants to stand up to his internal party opponents even after his withdrawal from the party leadership. “I know of course that many of those who did not contact me today are secretly happy,” he told the news portal t-online.

“But their joy will not last. Because if you think that now you are rid of me, you are mistaken. They will notice very quickly that I am not gone. This is no retreat.”

Meuthen said he could continue his political work if he took something back. “I don’t need a federal spokesperson to influence the party’s course. It’s like playing chess: if you only attack, you lose.”

His voice will remain audible. “It is clear that after so many years I will continue to stand up for the direction we are taking.”

Meuthen also said that he assumed that he would have got a majority again at the party congress in December. “Whoever would have played against me, I would have defeated him or her.”

Meuthen announced his withdrawal from the party leadership on Monday. The 60-year-old wrote in a circular to the AfD members that he no longer wanted to run for chairman in the scheduled new election of the party executive committee in December.

In the past two years, Meuthen has pleaded for a more moderate course for the AfD. In doing so, he made enemies, especially in the far-right wing of the AfD. (dpa / ari)

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