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Austria: entangled in corruption scandal, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz resigns

AA / Berlin

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced his resignation on Saturday after being embroiled in a corruption scandal.

“My country is more important than my person, and what is needed now is stability,” Kurz told reporters from the Federal Chancellery in Vienna.

“I want to give way to break the deadlock, avoid chaos and ensure stability,” he added.

Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg will succeed Kurz at the head of the Federal Chancellery, according to the correspondent of the Anadolu Agency.

The Austrian authorities raided on Wednesday the Federal Chancellery, seat of the head of the Austrian government, as well as the headquarters of the conservative ÖVP (Austrian People’s Party) in Vienna, chaired by Sebastian Kurz.

The 35-year-old leader is suspected, as well as his inner circle, of having embezzled public funds between 2016 and 2018 to buy favorable media coverage according to the European website “Politico”. Close associates of the Austrian chancellor are said to have sprayed, at the taxpayer’s expense, heads of polling institutes and leading media figures to promote the political rise of Kurz, who was at the time head of Austrian diplomacy.

The searches represent a major turning point in the corruption investigation which is directly targeting Kurz, as the resigning chancellor is already facing charges from the Austrian financial and anti-corruption prosecution in a separate case relating to suspicions of “false testimony” before the commission. parliamentary inquiry last year.

* Translated from Arabic by Majdi Ismail

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