Austrian media: Sebastian Kurtz is retiring from politics

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Former Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who is being prosecuted for corruption, will announce his retirement from politics today, according to Austrian media reports.

“The birth of his son” last weekend “gave him the impetus,” the Kronen Zeitung wrote on its website, citing Sebastian Kurtz.

The ομάδαVP party’s parliamentary group announced that the former chancellor would give a press conference at 11.30 local time.

Kurtz resigned as chancellor in October following a crackdown on corruption, but remained party leader and head of his parliamentary group.

He was replaced at the chancellery by former Foreign Minister and close associate Alexander Salenberg.

In mid-November, the Austrian parliament lifted its parliamentary immunity.

Sebastian Kurtz denies the allegations.

The scandal erupted in October, when inquiries were made into the chancellery, the finance ministry and other government offices on suspicion of embezzling public funds between 2016 and 2018. The aim was to finance the publication of polls and praise for Sebastian’s Sebastian Austria.

Kurtz was the youngest prime minister in the world when he took office at the age of 31.

The far-right ruling coalition collapsed in 2019 when its partner was at the center of a corruption scandal.

New elections allowed him to return to the chancellery, this time leading a coalition with the Greens, until his resignation.



Source From: Capital

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