September 22, 2018 / 7:22 PM / 8 months ago

German minister refuses to bow to demands to fire scandal-hit official - Bild

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer addresses a news conference a in Berlin, Germany, September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told Bild newspaper he would not bow to demands to dismiss Hans-Georg Maassen, who was set to take up a senior role in the interior ministry after being ousted as spymaster.

On Friday a deal between the ruling coalition parties to give Hans-Georg Maassen a better-paid ministry job unravelled when Andrea Nahles, leader of the Social Democrats, said it was a mistake. Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the three party leaders want to find a solution this weekend.

“I emphatically reject the accusation that he is right-wing or takes right-wing extremist positions,” Seehofer told Bild newspaper of Maassen, adding: “I will therefore not dismiss him.”

Reporting by Michelle Martin; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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