September 26, 2017 / 3:14 PM / a year ago

Co-leader of far-right Alternative for Germany says quitting party

DRESDEN, Germany (Reuters) - Frauke Petry, the co-leader of the Alternative for Germany (AfD), said on Tuesday she was leaving her party after it became the first far-right group to enter parliament for more than half a century in Sunday’s national election.

Frauke Petry, chairwoman of the anti-immigration party Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) reacts during a news conference in Berlin, Germany, September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Petry, who had tried to steer the party on to a more moderate path, told reporters: “We tried to change course but you have to realise when you reach a point when that is no longer possible.”

She added: “I have five children for whom I am responsible and ultimately you have to be able to look at yourself in the mirror.”

Petry had on Monday shocked other senior party figures by saying she would not sit with the AfD in the Bundestag lower house and would instead be an independent member of parliament.

Reporting by Reuters TV; Writing by Michelle Martin; Editing by Michael Nienaber

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