The former Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer has resigned from his mandate in the Bundestag and is therefore leaving parliament early. “After today, April 1, 2024, I will resign my mandate as a member of the German Bundestag,” said the CSU politician on Monday. He would like to thank the many people for their support, loyalty and trust over such a long time. “It was an honor to be able to work for our country and for my homeland.”

The Bundestag confirmed the step. Scheuer had resigned from his mandate with effect from April 1st, it was said on Monday in response to a dpa query. It’s not an April Fool’s joke. Scheuer initially did not comment on his future plans.

So far no information about future plans

The 49-year-old had already announced in January that he would no longer run in the next federal election. The CSU said at the time that he had not taken the step lightly. Before that, according to dpa information, there had been repeated skeptical voices in the Lower Bavaria CSU district association about Scheuer’s candidacy again.

The CSU politician had been a member of the Bundestag since 2002, where he represented the Passau constituency. From 2009 to 2013 he was State Secretary in the Ministry of Transport, and from December 2013 to 2018 he took over the position of CSU General Secretary alongside the then party leader Horst Seehofer. After the 2018 federal election, he became Federal Minister of Transport in the fourth cabinet of Angela Merkel (CDU).

As a minister, Scheuer came under massive criticism because of the failed car toll – even within the CSU, he was subsequently seen as a burden by many.