German parliament rejects far-right deputy speaker candidate


BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s parliament has again rejected the far-right Alternative for Germany’s candidate for deputy speaker, prolonging a saga that has lasted over a year.

The parliament’s speaker, a job currently held by veteran conservative Wolfgang Schaeuble, usually has a deputy from each party in the chamber. Other parties agree that Alternative for Germany, which entered parliament last year, is entitled to supply a deputy speaker but haven’t given its candidates the required majority.

Lawmakers rejected its first candidate, Albrecht Glaser, in October 2017. They objected to comments in which Glaser suggested that freedom of religion shouldn’t apply to Islam.

Alternative for Germany recently nominated Mariana Harder-Kuehnel, a lawmaker with a relatively moderate reputation, for the job. But lawmakers Thursday rejected her second attempt to win approval by 377-241, with 41 abstentions.

The Western Journal has not reviewed this Associated Press story prior to publication. Therefore, it may contain editorial bias or may in some other way not meet our normal editorial standards. It is provided to our readers as a service from The Western Journal.

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →

We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

The Associated Press is an independent, not-for-profit news cooperative headquartered in New York City. Their teams in over 100 countries tell the world’s stories, from breaking news to investigative reporting. They provide content and services to help engage audiences worldwide, working with companies of all types, from broadcasters to brands. Photo credit: @AP on Twitter
The Associated Press was the first private sector organization in the U.S. to operate on a national scale. Over the past 170 years, they have been first to inform the world of many of history's most important moments, from the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the bombing of Pearl Harbor to the fall of the Shah of Iran and the death of Pope John Paul.

Today, they operate in 263 locations in more than 100 countries relaying breaking news, covering war and conflict and producing enterprise reports that tell the world's stories.
New York City