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    Germany Pegida Founder Might Resume His Work Despite Row Over Facebook Post

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    Former leader and founder of the Anti-Islamist Pegida movement in Germany, Lutz Bachmann, was elected during a secret ballot as one of the three presidents of Pegida.

    Protesters take part in an anti-racism demonstration against the anti-immigration movement Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA) in Duesseldorf, January 12, 2015
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Former leader and founder of the Anti-Islamist Pegida movement in Germany, Lutz Bachmann, who resigned after he posted a photograph of himself on Facebook with an Adolf Hitler-styled mustache and haircut, is likely to return to his position, according to Pegida's Facebook account.

    "It was decided during a secret ballot that from now on until further notice Lutz will be one of the three presidents," a post published on the organization's Facebook page late Sunday read.

    Bachmann was forced to step down on January 21 after the Dresdner Morgenpost published his photograph, allegedly obtained from his Facebook profile, showing him dressed as the former Nazi leader. The scandalous post went viral on social media and sparkled heated debate among the public.

    The former leader himself explained the motives for posing for such photo by saying it was a joke, according to local media reports.

    Following Pegida's figurehead's resignation, five other members also reportedly left the organization.

    Bachmann is one of the most recognizable leaders of Pegida (Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West). The group, founded in Dresden, Germany in October 2014, has managed to attract up to 25,000 people to its anti-immigration marches in its home city in January following a series of deadly attacks in France carried out by Islamist gunmen. The movement has also spread to other European countries, in particular to Denmark, Norway, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Spain.

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