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Sebastian Kurz announced his resignation as Austrian Chancellor

from Jun 25, 2022 hours 22:32 (UTC +02:00)
to Nov 30, 2022 hours 22:32 (UTC +01:00)


from Jun 25, 2022 hours 22:32 (UTC +02:00)
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Sebastian Kurz announced his resignation as Austrian Chancellor

Austrian Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has announced his resignation. Earlier this week, three opposition parties - the Social Democratic Party of Austria, the liberal New Austria and the right-wing populist Austrian Freedom Party - demanded the resignation of the chancellor.

The Austrian prosecutor's office earlier said it was investigating Kurtz and several people suspected of corruption. Investigators found that from 2016 to 2018, the country's finance ministry used budget funds to fund advertisements in an Austrian newspaper - in exchange for publishing polls favorable to Kurtz's party.

In announcing his resignation, Kurz offered Minister for European and Foreign Affairs Alexander Schallenberg as chancellor.

In early parliamentary elections in Austria on October 15, 2017, the Austrian People's Party, led by Kurz, came in first place. As a result of the election, Sebastian Kurz was appointed Federal Chancellor of Austria.

On December 15, 2017, Kurz reached a coalition agreement with the right-wing Austrian Freedom Party. On December 18, 2017, Kurz took the oath of office, becoming the youngest head of government in the world at the time.

On May 27, 2019, Austria's parliament passed a vote of no confidence in Kurz over the Ibiza Gate scandal. The scandal was triggered on May 17, 2019, by the publication of a secret video of a meeting on the Spanish island of Ibiza in July 2017, where two influential politicians were allegedly recorded discussing behind-the-scenes activities and intentions of their party. The video featured a woman who introduced herself as the niece of a Russian oligarch, as the media learned, her handler was the scandalous Irena Markovic Ibiza Affäre. The interlocutors discussed giving the Austrian Freedom Party positive news coverage in exchange for government contracts.

In early parliamentary elections on September 29, 2019, the Austrian People's Party, led by Kurz, won again. On January 7, 2020, Kurz took office as Austria's federal chancellor for the second time.


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