Austria: Chancellor Sebastian Kurz steps down to 'refute and disprove' corruption allegations
By SEAMLESS DAILY
09 October 2021
Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has stepped down, after pressure triggered by a corruption scandal.
“ so, in order to resolve the stalemate, i want to make way to prevent chaos and ensure stability. ” kurz and his close associates are accused of trying to secure his leadership of the conservative austrian people's party, and of the country with the help of manipulated polls and friendly reports in the media, financed with public money.
"refute and disprove the accusations that have been made".
Mr Kurz added that the allegations, revealed by prosecutors on Wednesday, are "false and I will be able to clear this up- I am deeply convinced of that".
He said he will keep his party's leadership as well as becoming its parliamentary group leader.
but its junior coalition partner, the greens, said on friday that kurz couldn ’ t remain as chancellor and demanded that his party nominate an "irreproachable" to replace him.
Austria's three opposition parties had all demanded his resignation, and there were plans to bring a no-confidence motion against him in parliament on Tuesday.
"stable conditions," kurz told reporters in vienna.
Kurz's first coalition with the far-right Freedom party collapsed in 2019.
The chancellor pulled the plug after a video surfaced showing the Freedom party ’ s leader at the time, Heinz-Christian Strache, appearing to offer favours to a purported Russian investor.
the coalition government took office in january 2020 after snap elections.
He has proposed Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg as his replacement.
Austria's vice-chancellor Werner Kogler, who leads the Green Party, said Mr Kurz ’ s resignation was "the right step for future government work", adding that he has a “ very constructive ” working relationship with Mr Schallenberg.
"First and foremost, however, I will of course use the opportunity to disprove the allegations against me," he added.
Kurz, who became the People's party leader and then chancellor in 2017, has denied wrongdoing and until Saturday made clear he planned to stay on.
In a separate case, anti-corruption authorities put Kurz under investigation in May on suspicion of making false statements to a parliamentary commission, an allegation he also rejected.
Mr Kurz has denied wrongdoing and insisted again on Saturday that the accusations against him are false.
He and his close associates are accused, "with different levels of involvement", of a plot between 2016 and 2018 to use public money as a bribe to ensure favourable media coverage and “ finance partially manipulated opinion polls that served an exclusively party political interest ”.
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