Austrian President Sebastian Kurz has resigned in the wake of a corruption investigation.
Sebastian Kurz, the Chancellor of Austria, has announced his resignation after being charged with corruption.
Mr Kurz’s second term came to an end abruptly last night when he resigned as Chancellor, despite maintaining that he had done nothing wrong.
He has been under fire since federal prosecutors launched a criminal probe into him for allegedly paying for favorable opinion polls and news pieces with public funds. His party had closed ranks around him, but the Greens, the junior coalition partner, stated on Friday that Kurz could not continue as Chancellor and demanded that his party choose a “impeachable person” to succeed him.
On Tuesday, opposition leaders intended to file a resolution of no confidence in Kurz.
Last night, he said: “My country takes precedence over me.
Stable conditions are what we require. So, in order to break the impasse, I’d like to clear the path to avoid chaos and ensure stability.” Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg, a career diplomat, was recommended as his replacement, and he stated that he planned to lead his Austrian People’s Party.
What’s going on in your neighborhood? You can find out by entering your postcode or going to the website. Kurz was appointed Chancellor in December 2017, but his first coalition with the far-right Freedom Party fell up in 2019.
A video had surfaced showing Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache, the Freedom Party’s leader at the time, appearing to give favors to a claimed Russian investor.
Kurz was re-elected Chancellor in January 2020 after a snap election.