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Sex scandal-embattled Weiner takes leave of absence

06-14-2011 13:43 BJT

BEIJING, June 14 (Xinhuanet) -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday granted sex scandal-embattled Representative Anthony Weiner a two-week leave of absence, according to CNN reports.

Weiner's request was approved Monday evening by unanimous consent.

The New York Democrat is receiving treatment at an undisclosed location after being embroiled in a "sexting" scandal that emerged in late May.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi repeated her call for Weiner's resignation afterwards, saying that Weiner's role in Congress would not return to normal if he did not step down.

Previously, U.S President Obama said if he were in Weiner's position, he would resign, in an interview with NBC.

"Obviously, what he did was highly inappropriate," Obama said, "Ultimately, there's gonna be a decision for him and his constituents. I can tell you that if it was me, I would resign."

He further explained, "When you get to the point where, because of various personal distractions, you can't serve as effectively as you need to at the time when people are worrying about jobs and their mortgages and paying the bills, then you should probably step back."



Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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