Sunday, October 10, 2021

Sebastian Kurz resigns as Austrian Chancellor but keeps his other positions

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz resigned yesterday due to a corruption scandal with accusations that Kurz was involved in the use of public money to produce favorable polling during an election campaign. He was only 31 when he first became Chancellor in 2017, so now he's just 35, and my first thought on hearing about the scandal before his resignation was that he would probably ride out the scandal and return to power sometime in the next decade. Yet the terms of his resignation suggest that he will not even stay away that long – or at all: he will retain his parliamentary seat and become head of his party's fraction on Tuesday. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 10 October 2021)

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