German president quits over sleaze probe

2012-02-17 12:42

Berlin - 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 brief statement.

"For this reason it is no longer possible for me to exercise the office of president at home and abroad as required."

Chancellor 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.

  • Heather Stip - 2012-02-17 12:59

    The chances of any of our politicians resigning over something like this, will never happen!

  • hc12345 - 2012-02-17 13:01

    That is how it is supposed to work. When you are caught have the dignity to resign, not wait for the court case, earn a fat salary and make the tax payer pay your legal fees. On top of it have the cheek to appeal.

  • Nkulekweni - 2012-02-17 13:16

    Would that something like this were to happen in our beloved country

  • Jerzy - 2012-02-17 13:32

    Germans cacasians accepting "favours". Cannot be, what is this world coming too.

      Brett - 2012-02-17 13:40

      At least they have the grace to resign. Unlike Zuma who impregnated his friends daughter......

      Heiku - 2012-02-17 13:43

      Black South African pointing fingers. Cannot be, what is this world coming too.

      Marick - 2012-02-17 13:44

      It's not the crime that matters, it's what happens afterwards. In this case, the guilty "caucasian" person resigned, is no longer being paid, and has taken responsibility.

  • mholthuysen - 2012-02-17 13:41

    Mr Zuma do you take note of that...!? Or do any of your "pals" - this is how things SHOULD work! And not making April Fools jokes in parliament that South Africa is the only country where you have programs against corruption...

  • Abongile Mbauli - 2012-02-17 15:03

    What a weak president. He must learn from Africa. Who needs trust or effectiveness to be president? :-P

      Matthew - 2012-02-17 15:29

      It's sarcasm

  • pzangerle - 2012-02-17 16:08

    Our goverment should take an example(Problem is than we would have only half government) regarding ,what a free media can do as well

  • Jerzy - 2012-02-17 16:32

    He is a sleazebag!

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