German opposition Left Party chooses duo for election drive

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Posted: Dec 04, 2016 10:28 AM

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's opposition Left Party has chosen its two parliamentary leaders to head its campaign for next year's election, a combination that reflects its divisions amid questions over whether it's ready to consider entering a national government.

The party announced Sunday that Sahra Wagenknecht — probably its best-known figure, representing its hard-line left-wing — and the more centrist Dietmar Bartsch will be its lead candidates in the election expected next September.

The Left Party is currently the biggest opposition party in Parliament.

Some on Germany's left would like to see a three-party left-wing alliance emerge from next year's election, ousting Chancellor Angela Merkel. That could be tricky, however, because the Left Party grew out of opposition to economic reforms conducted by a center-left rival and opposes military deployments abroad.