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A Dutch politician has quit his job after claiming he can't take the pressures of the wired world.

Alderman Edgar Kaldijk resigned from the local council in Peleka, saying he was unable to cope with the amount of emails he received each day, AP reports.

The 64-year-old said he was fed up with people asking him why he hadn't replied to their emails.

Colleagues tried to help out by writing every email out by hand, and offered to show the technophobe how to use the Internet and email.

But Kaldijk decided it was all too much for a man of his years.

"In the last month, people have kept annoying me with questions as to why I didn't reply to their e-mails," he said.

"I'm 64. At my age I don't want anything to do with computers, so it's better if I retire and leave my seat to a younger man." ®

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