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Alexander Schallenberg takes office of Austrian Chancellor

Source : 112 Ukraine

His predecessor Sebastian Kurz denied involvement in corruption scandal and resigned, citing his wish to avoid the crisis in the government
17:45, 11 October 2021

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Austria has a new Chancellor. 52-year-old Alexander Schallenberg stepped in, effectively replacing Sebastian Kurz who actually endorsed Schallenberg's candidacy. 

According to AFP, Schallenberg was sworn in by President Alexander van der Bellen who claimed it was time for the government to face a big responsibility to restore public trust.

On Saturday, Kurz announced his resignation. He rejected any charges of his involvement in the corruption scandal and left the office, saying he wanted to avoid the crisis in the government.

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Kurz and nine of his associates were suspected of bribery; the officials allegedly gave bribes to the media to get the positive coverage of their activity. Law enforcers assumed that Kurz used state funds for that matter. These actions took place during the period of 2016-2018, when Kurz chaired ÖVP, the Austrian People's Party and then came to power. Prosecutors believe that manipulations in the media let the politician chair the government. Currently, Kurz still leads the party.

Related: Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz resigns

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