Last year, Horst Seehofer is said to have offered his resignation. The CSU politician expresses clear words about the end of his career.
Munich – Now it became public: Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) said he offered his resignation last year. However, the CSU chairman refused. “A year ago, with a view to the choice, I offered Markus Söder to step down and make room for younger people,” Seehofer said in an interview with Danube Courier and Passauer Neue Presse. “He refused – although at the beginning of 2020 he was of the opinion that the cabinet had to be restructured.”
In fact, at the beginning of 2020, Söder had pleaded for a cabinet reshuffle before the election – a few weeks later, however, the corona pandemic began.
Markus Söder (CSU): Seehofer reveals his wish to resign – and defends Laschet
Seehofer sees the reason for the defeat in the Bundestag election in a “self-employment” of the Union. About Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet (CDU) he said: “I’m not saying that he didn’t make any mistakes. But it is not that easy. Injustice is done slowly. I have never seen a politician in my own camp being so strongly criticized. ”Seehofer emphasized:“ When I talk about self-employment, I mean the entire Union. In my opinion that is the reason for the election defeat, not the strength of the competitors. “
The three parties that now want to form the government did not do it badly, said Seehofer, referring to the SPD, Greens and FDP. “This should be a message for the Union: It can only be done together.” Seehofer said nothing about the question of whether Söder would have been the better candidate for Chancellor. “For four years now, I have not commented on my successor or his policies. The reverse is also true. This practice is good for us. ”
Seehofer criticizes Norbert Röttgen – and looks to the early end of his political career
Seehofer was critical of one of the successor candidates as CDU leader, the external expert Norbert Röttgen. “I recently saw a talk show in which Mr. Röttgen was a guest. He pretended that he knew how the Union would find its way out of the crisis, “said Seehofer and added:” He had his chance. When he was once the top candidate in the state elections in North Rhine-Westphalia, he achieved the worst result in recent history for the Union. ”
With a view to the imminent end of his political career, Seehofer said: “I’m in a good mood. I feel a great longing in me for the life that comes afterwards. But of course: when the last day comes, I’ll be sad. ”But it wasn’t necessary to prepare for life without politics. “I’ll turn the switch off and withdraw from the public eye. Complete, ”said the former Bavarian Prime Minister and CSU chairman. “I’m switching off my political life.” He is now looking forward to a life without offices and committees. (dpa / aka)
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