Austrian Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, at the head of a conservative-environmental coalition since January 2020, announced his resignation this Saturday amid a corruption scandal that plagues himself, his inner circle of collaborators and his ruling people’s party ÖVP.
He is followed as head of the Federal Chancellery by the hitherto Foreign Minister, Alexander Schallenberg, while Kurz himself moves to the position of ÖVP parliamentary spokesman.
“I want to give up the space to avoid chaos and guarantee stability. I have nominated the federal president (Alexander Van der Bellen) to Alexander Schallenberg as the new federal chancellor,” Kurz said in a statement to the press.
With this step, the hitherto chief executive intends to maintain the government coalition with the Greens and prevent an alliance from forming against the ÖVP, with environmentalists and social democratic, liberal and far-right opponents.
Regarding the accusations of the anti-corruption prosecutor’s office against him, Kurz stressed once again that they are “false” allegations.