Austrian vice chancellor resigns

Austrian vice chancellor resigns 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