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A high-profile candidate was forced to withdraw his candidacy for the board of the Berlin Jewish community.

Stephan Kramer, general secretary of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, pulled out three days after announcing his bid.

In a statement issued Wednesday, Central Council President Charlotte Knobloch said she and Vice Presidents Salomon Korn and Dieter Graumann had determined that it was inappropriate for Kramer, their top appointee, to run for a communal position.

Kramer already had withdrawn as a candidate, the statement said.

“The president and vice-presidents are convinced that the exceptionally successful work of the general secretary will continue as faithfully as always, for the benefit of the Jewish community in Germany,” it said.

Election to the board is a necessary step toward running for presidency of the community. Kramer has stated his interest in running for this position, but denied it was his immediate goal in running for the communal board.

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