Following Kurtz's resignation, the new Austrian chancellor is sworn in
Former Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg was sworn in as the country's new chancellor on Monday, following the resignation of Sebastian Kurz.
Schallenberg takes over from Sebastian Kurz, who resigned on Saturday amid a heated corruption probe. Days earlier, the Green party, which ruled in coalition with Kurz's Conservative People's Party (PVP), had threatened to topple the government if Kurz was not replaced.
President Alexander Van der Bellen welcomed Schallenberg to the president's office in Vienna on Monday afternoon and congratulated him on his new role. Van der Bellen also confirmed Michael Linhart from PVP as Austria's new foreign minister.
"I am taking on my new role as Federal Chancellor with the utmost respect for the office and future challenges," Schallenberg wrote on Twitter. "I will do everything I can to serve our beautiful country."