Austria received a brand new Chancellor on Monday, two days after Sebastian Kurz resigned amid corruption allegations.
Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen swore in Alexander Schallenberg, at the moment the overseas minister, as chancellor. Career diplomat Michael Linhart grew to become the nation’s new overseas minister, Austrian information company APA reported.
Mr Kurz, 35, introduced Saturday that he would step apart to defuse a political disaster triggered by prosecutors’ announcement that he is likely one of the targets of an investigation into suspected bribery and breach of belief. The conservative Mr Kurz’s junior coalition companions, the Greens, had demanded his alternative. Mr Kurz denies any wrongdoing.
Mr Kurz and his shut associates are accused of attempting to safe his rise to the management of his celebration and the nation with the assistance of manipulated polls and pleasant media studies, financed with public cash. Mr Kurz grew to become the chief of his Austrian People’s Party after which Chancellor in 2017.
Although he’s stepping down as Chancellor, he’s retaining his function as celebration chief and turning into the pinnacle of its parliamentary group, retaining him on the coronary heart of Austrian politics whereas he fights the corruption allegations.
Mr Kurz responded to the demand for an untainted new chief by proposing Mr Schallenberg, 52, a transfer that the Greens accepted. Mr Schallenberg has been loyal to Kurz and shares his onerous line on curbing migration, however has a background in diplomacy quite than celebration politics.
Mr Van der Bellen lauded the 2 new leaders’ expertise in representing Austria overseas previously, but additionally careworn the accountability they’ve in restoring the Austrian folks’s confidence within the nation’s authorities.
“We all expect that the government will go back to work and moves things forward together,” Van der Bellen stated.
Mr Schallenberg served because the nation’s overseas minister since 2019, whereas Mr Linhart was Austria’s ambassador to France till he was referred to as again to Vienna on the weekend to tackle the overseas minister’s put up.