The leader of the Alternative for Germany party, Frauke Petry, announced on Tuesday the decision to resign from her post after the party won the third place in the German general election, German media reported.
"It's clear that this step will follow," Petry said as quoted by Spiegel Online and other media outlets. The party leader didn't specify when exactly she would leave.
The news comes after Petry announced at the AfD's Bundestag press conference on Monday that she would not be a member of the party in the parliament, but rather an independent MP, in order to pursue "realpolitik in the best sense of conservative policy."
Following the announcement, AfD's leading candidate for the Bundestag Alice Weidel called on Petry to leave the party "to prevent further harm."
Alternative for Germany [AfD] was the biggest winner in Sunday's elections, entering the Bundestag for the first time with 12.6% of the vote as Germany's main parties suffered historic losses.
Petry has been co-chair and spokesperson for AfD at the federal level since 2015. She shares her duties with Joerg Meuthen, who described Petry's announcement as a "bomb that I also had no [prior] knowledge about," and offered apologies to those present.
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