German minister of interior affairs resigned from the chairmanship

German political swamp bubbles after Merkel's decision

The German minister of interior affairs Horst Seehofer steps up as party chairman of the CSU, the Bavarian sister party of the CDU. This he confirmed Monday to news agency AP after he already shared the news with his fellow party members on Sunday.

On Sunday it seemed that Seehofer also wanted to give up his ministerial post. On Monday he said he would hold on to this role for the time being. “I am the Federal Minister for Home Affairs and I will continue to hold this role,” he told AP. His term runs in principle until 2021.

Under Seehofer, the Christian Democratic CSU, sister party of Angela Merkel’s CDU, achieved the worst election results since 1950 last month. The party lost its absolute majority in the Bavarian parliament, in favor of the Greens.

Seehofer is known as an outspoken critic of the Federal Chancellor. In recent years he repeatedly expressed himself with vehement words about Merkel and her open immigration policy. A government crisis arose in July when Seehofer and Merkel did not agree on this. Seehofer threatened to give up his ministerial post but still remained after a compromise with the Federal Chancellor.

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