Alexander Schallenberg sworn in as Austria chancellor after Sebastian Kurz quits amid corruption inquiry

Alexander Schallenberg was named Austria’s new chancellor on Monday after his predecessor, Sebastian Kurz, resigned abruptly amid a corruption scandal.

Former foreign minister Schallenberg was sworn in by President Alexander Van der Bellen at the Hofburg palace in Vienna. Schallenberg, 52, is a career diplomat and a close ally of the former chancellor.
Kurz will continue to lead the center-right Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) and will remain a member of Austria’s parliament.
    A spokesperson for the chancellery told CNN on Sunday that Kurzenjoys the full support of the people’s party.
      Opposition politicians say this means Kurz will effectively remain in charge of the country but with Schallenberg, who is relatively new both to politics and to the ÖVP party, as a figurehead.
        Pamela Rendi-Wagner, leader of the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPÖ), said Kurz would remain a very influential figure.
        周六, Kurz announced that he was stepping down from his position, days after his office was raided by Austrian prosecutors investigating him and members of his team on suspicion of bribery and breach of trust.
          Sebastian Kurz resigns from his post as Austrian chancellor on October 9, 2021, just days after he was implicated in a corruption scandal.

          The 35-year-old is under investigation over claims that government money was used to ensure positive coverage in a daily newspaper, Austrian prosecutors announced Wednesday.
          Kurz said the corruption allegations against him were “错误,” 并否认他曾将政府资金用于政治目的, 但说: “我想腾出空间来保证稳定性。”
          Opposition parties had threatened to bring a vote of no confidence against Kurz in parliament on Tuesday.
          整个周末, Van der Bellen said trust in Austria’s political system had beenmassively hit,” and that it was now up to politicians to repair the damage throughserious and concentrated work,” according to public service broadcaster ORF.

          ‘Manipulated’ 结果

          Kurz is under investigation alongside nine other individuals and three organizations, according to a statement from the Office of Austria’s Attorney General for Economic Affairs and Corruption (WKStA).
          Raids were carried out in several locationsincluding two government ministrieslast Wednesday as part of the inquiry, according to the prosecutor.
          “之间 2016 和至少 2018, budgetary funds from the finance ministry were used to finance exclusively party-politically motivated, sometimes manipulated surveys conducted by an opinion research company in the interest of a political party and its top management,” the WKStA statement said.
          The survey results were published (without being declared as an advertisement) in the editorial section of an Austrian daily newspaper and other media belonging to the same group,” 声明读, 补充说 “suspected payments were made in return to the media company.
          Austrian media have identified the daily newspaper involved in the case as tabloid-format daily Österreich (奥地利). The paper has rejected the accusations and denied any wrongdoing in multiple op-eds published this week.
          Kurz led the ÖVP into government in 2017, in coalition with the far-right Freedom Party, having turned the refugee influx of 2015 进入投票箱的投票获胜者.
            He arrived in power just as Chancellor Angela Merkel’s grip in neighboring Germany appeared to be weakening. 他似乎热衷于废除她对移民的欢迎态度,并让非洲大陆走上一条更加强硬的道路, 尽管经常坚持他对欧洲项目的支持.
            He and his government lost a vote of no-confidence in May 2019, following a corruption scandal prompted by a secretly-filmed video of his vice-chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache. But they returned to power after winning a general election September of the same year.