CSU boss Markus Söder has called for rapid clarity about a possible new leadership of the Ministry of Defense.

After reports of an impending resignation by Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD), the Bavarian Prime Minister told the “Bild am Sonntag”: “A possible successor must be clarified immediately.” There should be no deadlock. “And this time, competence must come before internal party proportional representation.”

On Friday evening, several media reported unanimously that Lambrecht was about to resign from her ministerial post. There is no official confirmation for this so far. Questions from journalists were deliberately ignored by Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) on Saturday at the opening of a liquid gas terminal in Lubmin on the Baltic Sea.

Lambrecht has been criticized for months, the opposition Union had repeatedly asked for her resignation. Critics accuse the minister of slow procurement for the Bundeswehr or a lack of expertise, but her public appearance was also repeatedly criticized. A photo of her son traveling in a Bundeswehr helicopter made negative headlines. Most recently, a New Year’s message spread on Instagram, in which she spoke about the Ukraine war accompanied by New Year’s Eve fireworks, caused irritation.