Mr Kurz is said to be stepping back from his duties as Austrian Chancellor following the launch of a corruption investigation earlier this week. The Austrian chief faces claims that he and party allies used public money to pay pollsters & journalists for favourable coverage.
Today, the chancellor announced his plans to step down in an effort to defuse the government crisis which is brought on by prosecutors’ announcement that he is a target of a corruption investigation.
The 35-year-old Austrian leader said in a televised press statement that he wanted to “make space” to ensure the country has a “government that is stable”.
While no official confirmation has been made yet, Sebastian Kurz’s proposed that his successor should be Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg.
Following his step down, Mr Kurz’s coalition of the ÖVP (Austrian People’s Party) with the Greens will be continued.
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