German agriculture minister resigns

Germany's agriculture minister resigned on Friday.

German agriculture minister resigns

World Bulletin / News Desk

Germany's agriculture minister resigned on Friday amid accusations he leaked confidential information about a fellow lawmaker suspected of possessing child pornography, dealing a blow to Chancellor Angela Merkel and her two-month old government.

"I offered my resignation as agriculture minister to the chancellor today," Hans-Peter Friedrich told a news conference.

The conservative member of the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) said the pressure had grown too much for him to stay in office. He said he remained convinced that he had acted appropriately.

"To you, ladies and gentlemen, I say 'Auf Wiedersehen' -- I'll be back."

Last Mod: 14 Şubat 2014, 18:20
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