A small town in central Germany elected as mayor.
Stefan Jagsch of the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) ran unopposed and was elected unanimously by a group of seven councillors in Waldsiedlung in the state of Hesse, the BBC reports.
Local councillors from major parties—including Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the Free Democratic Party—voted for Jagsch. “The NPD candidate filled the vacuum,” said Markus Brando, the SPD leader in Altenstadt, which includes Waldsiedlung.
The election was a rare electoral victory for the NPD, which has only won seats in regional assemblies and has not crossed the threshold to gain representation in the Bundestag since the party was formed in 1964. It has pushed an ultranationalist and anti-minority agenda.
After Barack Obama’s election as president in November 2008, NPD published a document entitled “Africa conquers the White House,” blaming his victory on “the American alliance of Jews and Negroes.”