A local politician from the far-right, Alternative for Germany (AfD), has converted to Islam, media reported on Tuesday.

Arthur Wagner, AfD's vice-president in the eastern Havelland district, declined to make a comment on his decision.

"It is a private matter," the 48-year-old politician told Der Tagesspiegel newspaper.

The AfD adopted explicitly anti-Islamic rhetoric and argued that Germany was under the threat of "Islamization", especially after nearly one million refugees, mostly from Syria and Iraq, arrived in the country since 2015.

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