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US Lawmaker Resigns over Lewd Photos

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TEHRAN, June 17 (ICANA) – US Democratic lawmaker Anthony Weiner has resigned after several weeks of dispute regarding lewd photos he sent to women online.
Friday, June 17, 2011 11:25:06 AM
US Lawmaker Resigns over Lewd Photos

Weiner announced his resignation in a news conference in New York on Thursday under pressure from Democrats after he admitted to "sexting" earlier this month, Reuters reported.

According to US Congress rules, a member shall lose his seat if he behaves in a way that would discredit the House.

"I'm here today to again apologize for the personal mistakes I have made and the embarrassment I have caused,” Weiner said.

“So today I'm announcing my resignation from Congress. So my colleagues can get back to work and my neighbors can choose a new representative and most importantly, my wife and I can continue to heal from the damage I have caused," he added.

US President Barack Obama had earlier said in an interview, "If it was me, I would resign."

White House press secretary Jay Carney later on Thursday said that Obama has not been distracted by the scandal surrounding Weiner.

The only reason Obama suggested Weiner should resign, Carney said, was because “he was asked about it” by an NBC reporter in an interview.

Carney said Obama had simply “expressed his opinion,” and that he also “made clear that this is not an issue that he has been focused on.”

“He has, obviously, much more significant priorities,” Carney added.

The 46-year-old Weiner is married to one of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's top aides, Huma Abedin.

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