Boris Pistorius becomes Minister of Defense of Germany

19 January, 05:34 PM
Boris Pistorius (Photo:REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)

Boris Pistorius (Photo:REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)

Boris Pistorius has been appointed Germany's Minister of Defense, taking the oath of office in the Bundestag, German news outlet FAZ reported on Jan. 19.

At the request of Bundestag Speaker Bärbel Bass, Pistorius took the oath at the beginning of the plenary session.

Prior to that, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier handed over the certificate of appointment.

Steinmeier also dismissed Pistorius' predecessor, Christine Lambrecht.

On Jan. 16, Lambrecht officially filed a resignation notice with Chancellor Scholz, and he accepted it the same day.

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In a statement, she made it clear that her decision was due to a number of scandals.

Here are some of them:

Shortly after taking office in December 2021, she admitted that she did not know the ranks of the Bundeswehr, and five months later said she still had not learned them;

claimed that Germany was supporting Ukraine by sending 5,000 military helmets;posted a New Year's message on Instagram against the backdrop of fireworks, in which she said that the full-scale war in Ukraine allowed her to meet interesting people;

was criticized for Puma infantry fighting vehicles breaking down during exercises;

failed to improve the situation with the poor equipment of the German armed forces, despite the allocation of 100 billion euros;

embroiled in scandal over her son taking a trip in a military helicopter.

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