German president quits over sleaze probe
17 February 2012, 16:30
Germany - German President Christian Wulff resigned on Friday after state
prosecutors asked parliament on Thursday to remove his legal immunity
over accusations that he accepted favours.
"The developments of
the past few days and weeks have shown that [the German people's] trust
and thus my effectiveness have been seriously damaged," Wulff said in a
"For this reason it is no longer possible for me to exercise the office of president at home and abroad as required."
Angela Merkel selected him for the largely ceremonial post of head of
state. The resignation deals a blow to the conservative chancellor in
the midst of the euro zone crisis.
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