Austria sset for new leader after Kurz resigns
October 11, 2021 - A partir del lunes, Austria tiene un nuevo canciller, dos días luego de la renuncia del exlíder Sebastian Kurz en medio de acusaciones de corrupción. El presidente austriaco Alexander Van der Bellen tomó juramento a Alexander Schallenberg, exministro de exteriores, como canciller.
Kurz, 35, announced Saturday that he would step aside to defuse a political crisis triggered by prosecutors’ announcement that he is one of the targets of an investigation into suspected bribery and breach of trust. Kurz’s junior coalition partners, the Greens, had demanded his replacement. Kurz denies any wrongdoing.
Kurz and his close associates are accused of trying to secure his rise to the leadership of his party and the country with the help of manipulated polls and friendly media reports financed with public money. Kurz became the leader of his Austrian People’s Party and then chancellor in 2017.
Although he is stepping down as chancellor, he is keeping his role as party leader and becoming the head of its parliamentary group, keeping him at the heart of Austrian politics while he fights the corruption allegations.