Schmidt, Parliamentary State Secretary for the Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development since 2013, will take over for Friedrich, German government in an official statement.

Schmidt and Friedrich are both members of the conservative Christian Social Union (CSU), the Bavarian sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU).Friedrich has been Agriculture Minister since December 2013 after holding the post of Interior Minister for more than two years.

The CSU politician resigned on last Friday as was allegedly accused that he had passed on confidential police data about a child pornography investigation in October to Sigmar Gabriel, the head of the center-left Social Democrats (SPD).

Authorities reportedly found the name of SPD ex-lawmaker Sebastian Edathy on a customer list for child porn. Edathy resigned from his role in the German parliament for "health reasons" earlier this month.

(Agencies)

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