Tatjana Festerling, Dresden mayoral candidate from the anti-Islam Pegida movement, announced on Monday she would be withdrawing from the city race.

Festerling had managed to draw 9.6 percent of votes in Sunday's ballot, but told a rally on Monday that she had decided to withdraw before a run-off election on July 5th.

She urged supporters to instead vote tactically for the pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP) candidate Dirk Hilbert, claiming she didn't want to "split apart the conservative middle-class to which we belong."

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