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Austria: Chancellor Kurz resigns and proposes Alexander Schallenberg as his successor

Austria's Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) is now withdrawing from his post after allegations of corruption.

Vienna - He will "make room," Kurz said in a statement on Saturday evening. He had proposed the former Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg as Chancellor to the Federal President. He himself wants to take over the office of the OVP parliamentary group chairman, who is called "Klubobmann" in Austria, and also wants to remain party leader.

Recently, the pressure on Kurz had increased more and more. The Austrian Greens, previous coalition partners, had described the Chancellor as "incapable of office", and a vote of no confidence was threatened on Tuesday. The Green leadership had indicated that they would vote with the opposition against the Chancellor and only want to support the previous coalition with another, "impeccable" candidate.

On Friday, Kurz had nevertheless refused to resign and described himself as "able to act and, above all, willing to act" - allegedly with the backing of the party. On Saturday evening, Kurz once again described the allegations made against him as false. "And I will be able to solve that too, I am deeply convinced of that," he said.

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