Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, has announced he is stepping down as chancellor following pressure on him to resign after he was implicated in a corruption scandal.
35-year-old Kurz, in a media statement on Saturday, 9th October 2021 said he wanted to make space to prevent chaos. “We need stability. It would be irresponsible to allow Austria to slide into months of chaos or gridlock while the EU member fights the pandemic”, he said.
Kurz also said he would nominate Foreign Minister, Alexander Schallenberg, as the new chancellor, while he would stay on as the leader of his People’s Party, ÖVP, and a lawmaker in parliament.
Mr. Kurz became leader of the Austrian Peoples Party, (ÖVP) in May 2017 and led his party to victory in elections later that year, becoming one of the world’s youngest ever democratically elected heads of government at the age of 31.
The corruption allegations relate to the period between 2016 and 2018 when finance ministry funds were suspected to have been used to manipulate opinion polls in favour of the ÖVP that were then published in a newspaper.
Story: Sani Asmau