Former Austrian Chancellor Kurz has sworn in as a Member of Parliament

The Austrian news agency APA has reported that former Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has sworn in as a Member of Parliament after resigning last week amid corruption allegations

BERLIN – Former Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz swore in as a Member of Parliament on Thursday after resigning last week on corruption charges, the local news agency APA reported.

Kurz, 35, also retains his role as party leader and became head of its parliamentary group, keeping him at the heart of Austrian politics as he struggles to clear his name.

He had announced on Saturday that he would step aside to avert a political crisis triggered by the prosecutor’s announcement that he is one of the targets of an investigation into suspected bribery and breach of trust. Kurz’s junior partner coalition, the Greens, had demanded his replacement.

Kurz and his close associates are accused of trying to secure his rise to the leadership of his party and the country through manipulated investigations and friendly publicly funded media reports. Kurz became the leader of his Austrian People’s Party and then Chancellor in 2017.

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