Monday, January 17

The Austrian Prime Minister resigns

The Austrian Prime Minister Alexander Schallenberg resigns surprisingly after just under two months in the post.

Alexander Schallenberg resigns as Prime Minister of Austria.

Schallenberg announced his resignation shortly after it became known that the country’s former prime minister, party colleague Sebastian Kurz, had entered politics to defend himself against corruption allegations.

Both belong to the right-wing party ÖVP, which is in government together with the Greens. The governing coalition is described as fragile.

– It is not my intention and has never been my goal to take over as party leader for ÖVP. I am firmly convinced that both posts, head of government and party leader, should soon be filled by one and the same person, says Schallenberg.

– That is why I am making my post as Chancellor (Prime Minister) available, he says.

Fragile coalition

Schallenberg, 52, was a former foreign minister and took over when Kurz resigned as prime minister in October.

Minister of the Interior Karl Nehammer is now mentioned as relevant both as the new ÖVP leader and prime minister.

Comet career

Kurz made a political comet career and in 2017 became Europe’s youngest prime minister, just 31 years old.

In recent months, however, his career has suffered a major setback as a result of corruption allegations. He is now one of several in ÖVP who are under investigation.

Kurz himself denies the allegations that he and some of his closest associates have used public funds to ensure positive coverage in the press. The claim is that this should have started in 2016, while Kurz was foreign minister, and the goal should have been that he should become party leader and prime minister.

Reference-www.aftenposten.no

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