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German president Koehler resigns

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German President Horst Koehler has stepped down following controversial remarks about Germany’s military operations abroad.

On returning from a visit to Afghanistan, Koehler appeared to suggest that military action abroad could be justified to defend economic interests.

Such a policy would be in breach of Germany’s constitution, although Koehler said his comments were misinterpreted.

Koehler’s shock resignation comes just one year into his second term.

The Germany presidency is a largely ceremonial role.