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President 'feels sorry' for ousted predecessor

The Local · 18 Mar 2013, 12:19

Published: 18 Mar 2013 12:19 GMT+01:00

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"Very close inspection and scrutiny of politicians of course is part of our political culture," President Gauck told Bild newspaper on Monday. "Still, I was moved by the fate of Christian Wulff and his wife."

Gauck said he had witnessed the young couple move into the Bellevue presidential palace in Berlin, "with all their hopes of what they may be able to achieve politically. When I see today what became of these hopes, I feel sorry for them."

Gauck, an activist pastor who hails from the former communist East Germany, was appointed as President exactly a year ago on March 18th, 2012 in the wake of a corruption scandal which forced predecessor Wulff out of office.

Failing to shake off a string of corruption-related allegations, including that he failed to declare loans while he was state premier of Lower Saxony, Wulff lasted less than two years in office before stepping down in February 2012.

In a final blow, in January this year the Wulffs officially announced they were divorcing, leaving the ex-president without a job or a wife.

The now year-old investigations against Wulff are expected to culminate in prosecutors demanding a fine from the ex-President, according to several media reports over the weekend citing information from judicial circles in Lower Saxony.

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14:23 March 18, 2013 by lucksi
Yes, I too would feel sorry for anyone who did a job (badly or even criminally) for two years and then get a HUGE pension and other benefits for life for it
18:29 March 18, 2013 by Englishted
The final blow would be for a "normal" person a spell in prison ,and I'm sorry that it didn't happen in this case.
19:35 March 18, 2013 by gorongoza
When it comes to Christian Wuff and the German Law it looks like the crime he has committed is more than what we are told - what we can see. I am not part of it; I am only a ringside observer.
06:35 March 19, 2013 by beatriceco
All I can say is restore the monarchy. The president is nothing but a figurehead anyways, and the current head of the House of Hohenzollern, Prinz Georg Friedrich is a down to earth person. He and his lovely wife would make a lovely royal couple as head of the German state. A constitutional monarch that is bound by the constitution and the real power would still be in the hands of the Chancellor and parliament, as it still is today.

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