Merkel's Party Condemns Election of neo-Nazi as District Mayor

Lawmakers of other mainstream parties also expressed shock

A protester holds a poster with a manipulated image of Angela Merkel at a PEGIDA rally in Dresden, Germany, in January 2015.
AP Photo/Jens Meyer

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right party has condemned the election of a far-right district mayor in central Germany with the votes of mainstream party members in the local council.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the leader of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union, or CDU, said late Sunday the election of far-right NPD party member Stefan Jagsch in the small Hesse town of Altenstadt-Waldsiedlung needs to be reversed.

German news agency dpa reported Jagsch was elected unanimously Thursday after the post remained vacant for weeks.

Local CDU member Norbert Szielasko, who also voted for Jagsch, said the council elected him because, "we don't have anybody else, especially nobody young who knows how to use computers and send emails." The AFP refers to Jagsch as a neo-Nazi.

Lawmakers of other mainstream parties also expressed shock. NPD is known for its openly anti-migrant stance.