The ruling party of Germany has risen to the cutting board with a’mask scandal’ related to Corona 19.
According to BBC broadcasts on the 8th (local time), congressman Nicholas Loebel, a member of the CDU (Christian Democratic Party), to which German Chancellor Angela Merkel belongs, resigned on this day.
The suspicion arose that his company made an unfair profit worth 250,000 euros (about 380 million won) through the mask sales brokerage.
Earlier, even when suspicions arose last week, Loebel had no intention of resigning from his parliamentary position until the coming September general election.
However, the leadership of the Christian Democratic Party and his sister party CSU (Christian Socialist Party) pressed the resignation. This is because the regional elections next week are held in two German states, including Roebel’s district.
“I decided to resign immediately because I couldn’t damage the party anymore,” Roebel said.
Georg Nusline, a member of the Christian Socialist Party’s House of Representatives, also quit due to a’mask scandal’. He is accused of taking 660,000 euros (approximately 893 million won) in exchange for brokering the public order of the mask to the manufacturer.
Meanwhile, Germany will elect the next prime minister at the same time as the general election in September.
However, the approval rating for the Christian Democratic Party fell to 32% due to the mask scandal. Such approval rate is the lowest since last year, when the Corona 19 pandemic.