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Austrian Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz resigns during corruption investigation

Austrian Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz told reporters on Saturday that he “wants to create a way to prevent confusion and ensure stability.”


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Berlin-Austria’s Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz said he will resign to ease the government’s crisis caused by the prosecutor’s announcement that he is the subject of a corruption investigation.

Kurtz, 35, said Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg had proposed to replace him. But Mr Kurtz himself will remain at the forefront of politics: he said he would head his conservative Austrian People’s Party parliamentary group.

Mr. Kurtz’s party closed the ranks behind him after the announcement of the prosecution on Wednesday. However, its junior coalition partner, Greens, said Friday that Mr. Kurtz could not remain prime minister and demanded that his party appoint an “unblamed person” to replace him.

Opposition leaders called on Mr. Kurtz and planned to pass a distrust resolution against him in Congress on Tuesday.

“What we need now is a stable state,” Kurtz told reporters in Vienna on Saturday. “So, to resolve the stalemate, I want to create a way to prevent confusion and ensure stability.”

Mr. Kurtz and his close associates raised his rise to the leaders of his party and country with the help of publicly funded, manipulated polls and friendly reporting in the media. Has been accused of trying to secure. Kuomintang leader and prime minister Kurtz in 2017 denied cheating and revealed plans to stay until Saturday.

In a statement on Saturday, he reiterated that the accusation against him was “wrong and I could resolve it. I am deeply confident of it.”

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Austrian Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz resigns during corruption investigation

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