December 9, 2021

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President Sebastian Kurz has announced his resignation following allegations of corruption

Austrian President Kurz, who is suspected of corruption, announced his resignation on Saturday, October 9. “It would be irresponsible to slip into a multi-month mess or freeze”Kurz told reporters in Vienna that he was leaving “Stability” Of the country when denied “False accusations”. “I want to give way to avoid confusion”, He added that he had proposed the name of his foreign minister, Alexander Shalenberg, after him.

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According to the lawsuit, between 2016 and 2018, “Resources of the Ministry” Funds were used “Financial Manipulation Polls Give Exclusively Non-Partisan Political Interest”.

Mr. Kurz and nine suspects, as well as three organizations, are under investigation for various crimes related to the case. Searches took place on Wednesday, especially at the headquarters of the conservative ÖVP party and its president. In a statement, prosecutors said their inquiries directly targeted the youngest and most popular president “Fraud, Corruption and Influence”.

Previous corruption scandal in 2019

All opposition parties called for the beleagured PM to resign. The Austrian Greens, a minority partner in the government, on Thursday questioned the Conservative’s ability to continue his campaign as president. Werner Kokler, vice president and leader of environmental activists, praised it“A new step has been taken” With the commencement of the trial. Parliament may convene in an extraordinary session on Tuesday and table a joint motion on the audit.

Sebastian Kurz, who entered the government as foreign minister ten years ago, accepted the chancellor for the first time in December 2017. He was associated with the far-right party FPÖ and saw in May 2019 that he was being swept away by a corruption scandal. , Called ibisagate.

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He then returned to power in January 2020, this time joining the coalition Green Party, which has already been challenged several times by other cases and differing views on the refugee issue.

World with AFP