Dodgy contracts, secret island holidays and even a lockdown orgy — scores of politicians have fallen foul of coronavirus restrictions or abused their positions of power and been forced to resign.
No position was too sacred, with members of parliament, health ministers and even heads of government getting the boot. Some resigned following high profile breaches of the rules, such as former EU Commissioner Phil Hogan who stepped down after attending a golfing dinner that breached Ireland’s coronavirus restrictions. Others such as former health ministers in the Czech Republic and Poland — Adam Vojtěch and Łukasz Szumowski — resigned as case numbers in their countries sped out of control.
Only a handful resigned or were fired after the indiscretions of others, such as the former head of the European Research Council Mauro Ferrari, who slammed the EU’s coronavirus response or the Czech Republic’s Health Minister Jan Blatný who refused to purchase the Sputnik V vaccine.
POLITICO has the rundown of the politicians who have left office during the pandemic and why they fell from grace or stepped aside.