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National Democratic Party Routed in Elections; Fails to Win Minimum Required for Seats

The reputedly neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NPD) that was posing a serious political threat at this time last year, appears to be on the road to oblivion according to the results of yesterday’s provincial parliamentary elections. Although the election outcome showed a noticeable shift to the right, the ultra-right-wing NPD failed to win the minimum five percent required for seats in any of the state legislatures. The party polled only 3.4 percent in the Saarland, 3.2 percent in Lower Saxony, and 1.1 percent in North Rhine-Westphalia.