Austria’s Sebastian Kurz resigns as Chancellor News

The move comes days after prosecutors said Kurz was under investigation into government corruption.

Austria’s Sebastian Kurz has announced that he is stepping down as chancellor following pressure on him to resign after being involved in a corruption scandal.

In a televised press release on Saturday, Kurz said he wanted to “make room” to ensure the country has a “stable government”.

Kurz has investigated allegations that state money was used in a corrupt deal to ensure positive coverage in a tabloid newspaper, prosecutors said.

A statement on Wednesday from prosecutors said raids had been carried out in several places, including two ministries, as part of the probe, the latest legal headache for Kurz and his right-wing party.

Prosecutors had said Kurz and nine other people, as well as three organizations, are under investigation.

More to follow…

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