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Merkel's Cabinet Restructuring Bavarian Party Wins Despite Loss of Guttenberg

Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a cabinet shuffle on Wednesday following the abrupt resignation of her defense minister. Current Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière will now take over the Defense Ministry, being replaced by a career politician from Bavaria's Christian Social Union party. Although it has lost a powerful figure, the CSU has gained clout in the government.
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière (right) will replace Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, who resigned abruptly on Tuesday.

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière (right) will replace Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, who resigned abruptly on Tuesday.

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