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Berlin mayor seeks dismissal of official with Stasi past

FILE - This Dec. 10, 2016 file picture shows Berlin deputy construction minister Andrej Holm,in Berlin. Berlin’s mayor. Michael Mueller,  is seeking the 
dismissal of  Holm, who has faced increasing pressure over his former ties with communist East Germany’s secret police, the Stasi.Andrej Holm was appointed Berlin’s deputy construction minister last month after a new left-wing coalition government took power in the capital. Mueller on Saturday Jan. 14, 2017 asked Holm’s boss, construction minister Katrin Lompscher, to dismiss him. ( Klaus-Dietmar Gabbert/dpa via AP,file)

FILE - This Dec. 10, 2016 file picture shows Berlin deputy construction minister Andrej Holm,in Berlin. Berlin’s mayor. Michael Mueller, is seeking the dismissal of Holm, who has faced increasing pressure over his former ties with communist East Germany’s secret police, the Stasi.Andrej Holm was appointed Berlin’s deputy construction minister last month after a new left-wing coalition government took power in the capital. Mueller on Saturday Jan. 14, 2017 asked Holm’s boss, construction minister Katrin Lompscher, to dismiss him. ( Klaus-Dietmar Gabbert/dpa via AP,file)  (The Associated Press)

Berlin's mayor is seeking the dismissal of an official who has faced increasing pressure over his former ties with communist East Germany's secret police, the Stasi.

Andrej Holm was appointed Berlin's deputy construction minister last month after a new left-wing coalition government took power in the German capital. The ministry is run by the Left Party, which has roots in the East's communist party.

Holm said years ago that he trained with the Stasi in 1989 and 1990 as communist rule crumbled. But it emerged recently that he wrongly stated to an employer in 2005 he had never been a full-time Stasi employee — a statement Holm says he thought at the time was correct.

Mayor Michael Mueller on Saturday asked Holm's boss, construction minister Katrin Lompscher, to dismiss him.