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I am.
With the left wing, I seek to ban suffragettes.
With the same right wing, I'm for a third party.
Remove that wing from me, and I'll be leaving.
Make one of me Dutch, and I'll join the army.

Who or what am I?

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I am.

I exist.

With the left wing, I seek to ban suffragettes.

A sexist might be opposed to women's right to vote.

With the same right wing, I'm for a third party.

Exists is the third-person ("third party") form of exist.

Remove that wing from me, and I'll be leaving.

Remove the s from exist to get exit.

Make one of me Dutch, and I'll join the army.

Replace the x with nl (for Nederlands, Dutch) to get enlist.

I am … not a political riddle

No, despite all the talk about left wing, right wing and parties you are not.

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    $\begingroup$ Nice. I was far down a political path in trying to solve this non-political one; Robert Borden was a prime minister in Canada, who was a member of the Liberal (left wing), Conservative (right wing) and Unionist (third party) in his life, tried to ban suffragettes from the country in 1912 – and the Canadian flag has a leaf in it, which is almost "leaving"… $\endgroup$ – tobiasvl Jun 18 '17 at 18:51
  • $\begingroup$ I don't understand how s corresponds to left wing. Maybe the language barrier? $\endgroup$ – Narusan Jun 18 '17 at 19:07
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    $\begingroup$ @Narusan: Wing is used figuratively for an added letter at the beginning (left) or at the end (right). That this letter is an s isn't stated in the riddle, but it is clear that the same letter must be added to the front, added to the rear and removed from the original word. $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Jun 18 '17 at 19:09
  • $\begingroup$ Excellent! I was sure the last line had to be ENLIST more or less from first reading, but the rest escaped me entirely. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Jun 18 '17 at 19:42
  • $\begingroup$ Nicely done, Mr Oehm! $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jun 18 '17 at 21:00

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