Ex-chancellor Schroeder resigns from Bundestag

23rd November 2005, Comments 0 comments

23 November 2005, BERLIN - Former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder resigned Wednesday from the new German parliament, one day after handing over office in Berlin to his successor Angela Merkel.

23 November 2005

BERLIN - Former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder resigned Wednesday from the new German parliament, one day after handing over office in Berlin to his successor Angela Merkel.

A spokeswoman said he signed the resignation, to take "immediate effect", in the office of the speaker of parliament, Norbert Lammert.

Schroeder, 61, had said earlier this month he would reopen his law practice in Berlin, but he surprised supporters Monday when he said he would end parliamentary life immediately. He has told Merkel he will let her get on with her job without sniping at her.

No by-election is required, as Schroeder was elected as part of a Social Democratic slate. Everyone else on the list moves up one, bringing a new Social Democrat, Clemens Bollen, 57, into the Bundestag.

Schroeder was chancellor for seven years, going into national office after being premier of the state of Lower Saxony.

DPA

Subject: German news

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