|Leader of the National Democratic Party of Germany|
|Preceded by||Günter Deckert|
|Succeeded by||Holger Apfel|
14 April 1952 |
Viersen, North-Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany
|Political party||National Democratic Party of Germany|
|Alma mater||FH Aachen
Munich School of Political Science
|Years of service||1984-2009|
Udo Voigt (German: [ˈuːdo foːkt]; born 14 April 1952 in Viersen) is a German politician and the former leader of the National Democratic Party of Germany, which he led from 1996 until 2011. He is a former aviation engineer and captain in the German army.
From September 2006 until 2010 Voigt was an elected member of the Berlin municipal government in the Treptow-Köpenick district. Previously he has been unsuccessful at the European Parliament elections and when running for mayor of Saarbrücken.
He joined the NPD, a nationalist party in 1968 and was elected as Chairman (German: Vorsitzender) in 1996, succeeding Günter Deckert who had been arrested in 1995 and was in prison until 2000 for inciting racial hatred.
On March 13, 2008, Voigt was charged (for at least the second time in his life) with incitement (Volksverhetzung) for distributing racially-charged pamphlets. In 2009 he was given a seven-month suspended sentence and ordered to donate 2,000 Euro to UNICEF. Voigt protested the charge, claiming it was politically motivated.
- Röbel, Sven. "Internal NPD Documents Reveal Chaos: Germany's Right Wing Extremists in Disarray". Spiegel Online. Retrieved 2008-02-08.[dead link]
- "Bezirksverordnetensammlung Treptow-Köpenick - Berlin.de". www.berlin.de. Retrieved 2008-02-08.
- "Far-right politician convicted over racist World Cup flyers". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 2009-04-24.
- Stabwechsel bei der NPD in: Blick nach rechts, accessed 14-11-2011
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