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Germany: Hesse state minister commits suicide

Germany: Hesse state minister commits suicide

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Mar 30, 2020 - 14:07

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The finance minister for Germany’s Hesse state has committed suicide as the coronavirus hits the country’s economy.

Thomas Schaecher ended it all apparently after becoming “deeply worried” over how to cope with the economic fallout from COVID-19,

Deutsche Welle quoted Premier Volker Bouffier as saying Schaefer, 54, was found dead near a railway track on Saturday.

Police and prosecutors said factors, including the questioning of witnesses and their own observations at the scene, led them to conclude that Schaefer killed himself.    

Schaefer, Hesse's finance chief for a decade, had been trying consistently to help firms and workers deal with the economic impact of the pandemic.

"Today we have to assume that he was deeply worried," said Bouffier, a close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel. "It's precisely during this difficult time that we would have needed someone like him."

Apparently, the minister left a note before taking his own life, daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported, citing sources close to the investigation.

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