The the party’s vice-presidential candidate Albrecht Glaser, was rejected in the Bundestag for the third time.
On Tuesday, Bernd Baumann, in the first speech by an AfD MP in the German legislature, accused other parties of using Nazi-era tactics to freeze the AfD out.
Baumann compared a rule change in the Bundestag aimed against the AfD to Hermann Göring’s behaviour as Speaker. “It has been the established tradition since 1848 that the oldest member opens the session,” he told fellow MPs.
“Only in 1933 did Hermann Göring break the rule, because he wanted to exclude a political opponent. Do they want to follow this course?”
Glaser failed to garner enough votes in the House in three rounds of voting. Mueller told RT: “For three times the other parties – who declare themselves ‘super democratic’ – obstructed, out of pure spite, the democratic vote that had been put forward before by our party.”
The other lawmakers had decided to block Glaser’s candidacy, claiming he does not reflect “the spirit” of German politics.
Wolfgang Schäuble ruled that there would be no further votes, and adjourned the session. That means that for now the post of AfD deputy speaker remains vacant.
Alice Weidel noted that Glaser had gained votes from other parties, not only the AfD. Weidel, chairman of the AfD Bundestag’s group, told German broadcaster ZDF: “In addition, the AfD will be a real opposition” in the new Bundestag.