Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz resigns amid corruption allegations

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Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced on Saturday he was resigning, days after prosecutors launched a criminal investigation into corruption charges against him, The New York Times reports.

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running news: Kurz, who plans to remain as leader of his party, denies allegations that he used federal funds to pay for favorable coverage to electors and journalists. Reuters.

  • Kurz had stated that he wanted to rule with his coalition party, the Greens, but the party said the investigation made Kurz unfit for service.
  • Three Austrian opposition parties demanded that Kurz resign and plan to present at least one no-confidence motion against him in a special session of parliament on Tuesday.
  • “I agree that this is not an easy step for me,” Kurz said on Saturday, according to the Times. “My country is more important than my person. It needs stability.”

what to watch: Kurz said he would suggest his successor to the country’s foreign minister, Alexander Schellenberg.

  • The Greens have not yet said whether they will accept Schalenberg, Reuters reports.
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