German far-right party remains second-biggest force in state poll

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Support for Germany’s far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) slipped in a key state election but remains the second-biggest bloc in the regional parliament. Support for the AfD in the small eastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt edged down to 23.5 per cent from the 24.3 per cent it secured in the last election five years ago. Underscoring the strong backing for the AfD in the country’s formerly communist east, the Saxony-Anhalt result is about double the party’s current standing as measured by a slew of national opinion polls.

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