German election exit poll: Watch the moment far-right AfD supporters go wild at projected result

Chloe Farand
Berlin
Sunday 24 September 2017 17:21
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AFD supporters cheer at exit poll results

This is the moment supporters of the far-right AfD party heard the outcome of the first exit polls in the German election.

Cheers and applause erupted at the Berlin headquarters of the Alternative fur Deutschland, as they were projected to receive more than 13 per cent of the vote and their first ever seats in Germany's parliament.

Tim Westmark, a 23-year-old AfD supporter, told The Independent: "I was hoping we could do 14 per cent but I'm still really happy. We are now the third biggest force in the Bundestag. There is a bright future ahead and we will fight back against the Antifa and far-left extremists".

Goetz Froemming, a candidate for the AfD in Berlin and the party's campaign organiser in the German capital, said: "This is a historic moment and a turning point for our party. It's one thing to be part of local councils but now that we are going to enter the Bundestag, we will have more influence than ever and we will be able to be the real conservative opposition to the government.

"This was a really hard-fought campaign and our rivals were unfair to us by calling us 'Nazis' and 'against the constitution' which is not true but the results are in line with our estimations."

Angela Merkel is projected to have a fourth term as Chancellor, with her CDU party set for 32 per cent of the vote.

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