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Far-right gains in German regional election

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A far-right party compared to the early Nazis by the German government has won seats in a regional parliament. Preliminary results show the National Democratic Party – the NPD – won 7.2 percent of the vote in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, a state in the northeast of the country bordering Poland. If confirmed, the result would allow the NPD to enter the regional assembly.

Social Democrat state premier Harald Ringstorff said he would “handle things with the NPD in a democratic way” and “get rid of the party in the next elections”.

In a separate election in the German capital and city-state of Berlin, the SPD under popular Mayor Klaus Wowereit remained the largest party as expected. “I am happy that the people of Berlin have voted in favour of democracy and did not elect the NPD into the state’s Parliament”.

The results should allow Wowereit to form a ruling coalition of his choice in Berlin.