Austrian Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz resigns
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has resigned as head of government. He himself confirmed the news through a press release when he said that he is resigning as the Federal Chancellor of Austria. The three largest opposition parties have been calling for his ouster for days, with Kurz himself saying the country currently needs stability rather than political chaos.
'So I want to leave room to prevent chaos and ensure stability'.
Kurz has asked Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg, one of his most trusted men, to take over the government.
In recent days, the Prime Minister has faced a series of allegations of corruption. Kurz and nine people from his immediate vicinity are suspected of paying millions of euros through the finance ministry in advertising grants to an Austrian newspaper in order for the newspaper to report favorably on him and his government affairs.
Moreover, the newspaper reportedly published fake opinion polls regarding Kurz's popularity with taxpayers' money. He denied all allegations, while there have been allegations that the Attorney General's Office is acting politically.
At the press conference, Kurz again that the allegations were not true and that at another point he would explain them: I am convinced the allegations are false, he said.
In 2017, Kurz took over the leadership of the right-wing ‘OVP’ and then became chancellor as the leader of a coalition with the far-right Freedom Party (FPO).
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