DRESDEN, Germany (Reuters) - Frauke Petry, the co-leader of the Alternative for Germany (AfD), said on Tuesday she was leaving her party after it became the first far-right group to enter parliament for more than half a century in Sunday's national election.
Petry, who had tried to steer the party on to a more moderate path, told reporters: "We tried to change course but you have to realize when you reach a point when that is no longer possible."
She added: "I have five children for whom I am responsible and ultimately you have to be able to look at yourself in the mirror."
Petry had on Monday shocked other senior party figures by saying she would not sit with the AfD in the Bundestag lower house and would instead be an independent member of parliament.
(Reporting by Reuters TV; Writing by Michelle Martin; Editing by Michael Nienaber)