His ministry and party played down the comments, saying he had never specified the date of his resignation. But the confession that he was tired of taking the heat for Germany's economic problems was a damper for Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who is seeking re-election next year. Mr Waigel, a loyal ally, has had the post since 1989. AP - Bonn
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German finance minister Theo Waigel hinted in an interview broadcast yesterday that he would quit after September 1998 federal elections at the latest.