Dresden (dpa / sn) - The Saxon AfD politician Ivo Teichmann has turned his back on his party and also the state parliamentary group. “Today I announced my resignation from the AfD and the state and district parliamentary groups. Of course I will continue to exercise my state and district parliamentary mandate,” he wrote on his Facebook page on Wednesday. In a letter to party and parliamentary group leader Jörg Urban, he justified this, among other things, with a lack of differentiation between the AfD and people, associations and parties such as the "Free Saxony". The small party is classified as right-wing extremist by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution. Several media had previously reported on Teichmann's departure. The politician was initially unavailable for inquiries on Thursday. The party has confirmed the exit, but did not want to comment on Teichmann's decision.
Already in the spring of 2021, two AfD members of the Saxon state parliament had left the party and parliamentary group. The AfD thus still has 35 MPs in parliament out of a total of 119.