Kurz announced his resignation in a televised statement Saturday night, saying he wanted to withdraw “to avoid chaos.”
– We need stability, said the 35-year-old leader of the conservative ÖVP party.
At the same time, he declares his innocence and denies the charges against him.
The investigation is examining whether Kurtz and his staff took tax money from the Finance Ministry via forged invoices, to fund opinion polls with dyed-haired people, Austrian De Press writes.
“I will be able to explain this, I am sure,” he said calmly in his appearance, and repeated that the accusations against him were “false.”
Home inspections have been conducted
Several home inspections were conducted, among other things, for the chancellor’s office in Vienna on Wednesday. Home searches were also carried out against the Ministry of Finance, ÖVP headquarters and several people near Kurz.
An investigation began after the attacks. The background to the attacks will be suspicions against Kurtz and nine other people regarding bribery, bribery and infidelity.
According to his own statement, Kurz chose to remain as the leader of the ÖVP, remaining in the country’s parliament.
Green Party leader Werner Kugler, who is also the vice chancellor in forming a government with the ÖVP, requested a vote of no confidence after the Kurz crackdown. On Friday, Kogler asked the ÖVP to find a new advisor, because “Kurz is no longer suitable for the position”.
The Green Party appears to agree with Schallenberg’s election. Late on Saturday, Kogler suggested that the government’s cooperation with ÖVP may also continue after Kurz’s decision.
The conservative ÖVP and the Social Democratic Party (SPÖ) ruled together in early 2017. When the ÖVP leader resigned in May 2017, a young Sebastian Kurz took over, and the termination of cooperation with the SPÖ was announced. He made big changes to ÖVP, which quickly moved from third to first place in opinion numbers.
In the new elections held in the fall of 2017, the ÖVP won significantly and Kurtz gave the populist right-wing FPÖ an opportunity to cooperate with the government. But after the disclosure of a scandalous video clip from Ibiza with FPÖ leader and Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache, the government split in May 2019. Strache also resigned from a leadership position of the party.
In the new elections in the fall of 2019, the ÖVP received 37.5 percent of the vote and the Green Party 13.9 percent, leading to government negotiations. The FPÖ party received 16.2 percent and support of nearly 10 percentage points compared to the 2017 elections. The Social Democrats gained 21.2 percent, also a decrease compared to the previous elections.
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