Saxony's AfD boss has paid respect to the outgoing federal chairman Jörg Meuthen.
“Jörg Meuthen led the party for several years.
He deserves his thanks for that.
I respect his wish for more privacy and personally wish him all the best, ”Urban told the German Press Agency in Dresden on Monday.
On the same day, Meuthen had announced in a circular to the AfD members that he no longer wanted to run for the top position in the new election of the party executive in December.
Dresden - He decided to do this after intensive deliberations and discussions with his family.
The 60-year-old currently shares the chairmanship with Tino Chrupalla, who leads the parliamentary group together with Alice Weidel.
But he will continue his political work "and use my voice audibly," added Meuthen in his letter.
He is a MEP.
In the past two years he had pleaded for a more moderate course of the AfD and thus made enemies in the right-wing tendency of the party around the Thuringian AfD country chief Björn Höcke.
This trend is observed by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution as a right-wing extremist endeavor.