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article imageUnanimous vote in favour of ban on German far-right NDP

By Katerina Nikolas     Dec 6, 2012 in World
During a meeting of 16 state premiers in Germany, a unanimous vote was carried in favour of proceeding with a legal bid to ban the far-right National Democratic Party (NDP).
State premiers voted on Thursday in favour of attempting to ban the National Democratic Party, paving the way for the Bundesrat upper house to vote on filing a case with the Constitutional Court. The Bundesrat vote will take place on December 14.
A previous attempt to ban the party in 2003 failed.
Yahoo reported Brandenburg state premier Matthias Platzeck said the vote sent a clear signal, saying "Our democracy is well-fortified and we will not just stand by and watch the activities of neo-Nazis."
Those who favour banning the NDP believe the party violates the German constitution by failing to adhere to democratic principles. As Digital Journal reported those pressing to ban the party allege it has a "racist, xenophobic, anti-Semitic agenda."
NDP leader Holger Apfel has indicated if a ban is implemented the party will challenge it in the European Court of Human Rights.
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