Tue. Aug 9th, 2022

Brother: Austrian Conservative Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has resigned to withdraw his coalition government from the brink of collapse after the junior party demanded his head because he has been investigated on suspicion of corruption.

Kurz, who denies guilt in action, satisfied his coalition partner, the Greens, and came just three days before a special session of parliament, where they were preparing to back a no-confidence motion that would have forced him out.

Sebastian Kurz has resigned as Chancellor of Austria.

Sebastian Kurz has resigned as Chancellor of Austria.Credit:Bloomberg

Kurz became the world’s youngest leader when he was elected Austrian chancellor in 2017, 31 years old.

His resignation is more a matter of form than content in politics. He plans to stay on as his party’s leader and become its top lawmaker in parliament, and he is likely to continue to call the shots in the coalition.

“I would therefore like to make room to stop the stalemate, to prevent chaos and to ensure stability,” Kurz said in a statement to the media.

He added that he proposed Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg, a career diplomat backed by Kurz’s party, take over as chancellor, which the Greens quickly made clear they accepted.

“I believe this is the right step for future government work,” Green Party leader and Chancellor Werner Kogler said in a statement, adding that he had had a “very constructive” working relationship with Schallenberg and would meet him on Sunday.

A star among Europe’s conservatives known for his hard line in immigration, Kurz, 35, became boss in 2017 when he formed a coalition with the far-right Freedom Party, which collapsed into scandal in 2019. Parliament fired him, but he won the quick election , which followed.

He has so far been undisputed as leader of the People’s Party (OVP) – he was re-elected in August with 99.4 percent support.

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