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FDP finishes convention ahead, losing extreme left

By Compiled From Wire Service Dispatches With Analysis From Monitor Correspondents Around The World, Edited By Anne Collier / November 8, 1982


West Germany's Free Democratic Party (FDP), which just reelected as its chief Foreign Minister Hans Dietrich Genscher, survived its Nov. 5-7 convention losing only its far-left youth element and none of its leaders, Monitor correspondent Elizabeth Pond reports.

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The battered FDP now pins its hopes for continued survival in the planned March election on the voters' urge to block both the left-wing Greens and the right-wing Christian Social Union.