[The Wire] Merkeldämmerung? Constructive vote of no confidence in Germany

(cb) – The interior minister of Germany Horst Seehofer introduced a constructive votum of no confidence according to Art. 67 of the German Grundgesetz. Thereby, the Parliament can express its lack of confidence in the Federal Chancellor only by electing a successor with the majority of its members and by requesting the Federal President to dismiss the Federal Chancellor. Thus, the parliament can withdraw confidence from the head of the government only if a new successor has the majority. The President must comply with the request and has no right to prevent the situation.

“Merkel does no longer act in the German public interests” Seehofer stated incensed. Does Seehofer wants to become the new Chancellor of Germany?