- Austrian leader Sebastian Kurz expresses his political career is finished, weeks after his office was raided by prosecutors.
- The 35-year-old said in a statement on Thursday that he will resign as leader of the center-right Austrian People’s Party.
Austrian leader Sebastian Kurz expresses his political career is finished, weeks after his office was raided by prosecutors and investigating him and close team members on suspicion of breach of trust.
The 35-year-old said in a statement on Thursday that he will resign as leader of the center-right Austrian People’s Party. He stepped out as chancellor in October, and Alexander Schallenberg was appointed.
“Of course, I have made mistakes,” Kurz said in his 10-year career. “I look ahead to the day when I can prove in court that the allegations against me are not true.”
Kurz said he had worked “around the clock with his team” in the last decade, always with enthusiasm and joy, but said his “enthusiasm began to wane in the last few weeks” due to corruption claims against him.
The chancellor is under investigation over claims that government money was used, the newspaper stated.
Kurz led the ÖVP into government in 2017 in coalition with the Freedom Party, which has turned the refugee influx into a vote-winner at the voting box.
He came into power just as Chancellor Angela Merkel’s grip in Germany appeared to be weakening. He seemed keen to take at least some of her welcoming approach to the people, despite regularly insisting on his support for the European project.
He and his government lost a no-confidence vote following a corruption scam prompted by a secretly-video of his vice-chancellor Heinz-Christian. But they returned after winning a general election in September of the same year.
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