German far-right politician resigns after converting to Islam

(Deutsch Welle) The far-right, anti-Islam Alternative for Germany (AfD) party on Tuesday confirmed reports in the German media that one of its politicians, Arthur Wagner, has converted to Islam.

Wagner, a leading AfD member in the eastern German state of Brandenburg, resigned his position on the party’s national executive committee on January 11 for personal reasons, AfD spokesman Daniel Friese said.

“The party has no problem with that,” added Friese.

He insisted the AfD’s national party included groups representing the interests of Muslims, as well as Christians and homosexuals.

Wagner, a German of Russian origin, had been a representative of the AfD since 2015. He was a member of the state committee with responsibility for churches and religious communities.

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