Austrian vice chancellor resigns

Josef Proell suffered a pulmonary embolism last month while skiing.

Vienna: Austria`s vice chancellor and finance minister says he is leaving politics for health reasons.

Josef Proell, who also is giving up his post as chief of the Austrian People`s Party, suffered a pulmonary embolism last month while skiing and has been in rehabilitation ever since.

Proell told reporters on Wednesday that his decision was a tough one to make.

Proell, a 42-year-old father of three, served as agriculture minister between 2003 and 2008, and also has headed the Austrian farmer`s association.

It was not immediately clear who would replace him.

Bureau Report

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