Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced on Saturday (9) his resignation, amid mounting pressure over his involvement in a corruption scandal.
In a televised statement, Kurz said it would be “irresponsible” to leave the country amid “chaos or siege” over these allegations, which he described as “false”, and that he wanted to make sure that Austria You have “stability”.
short He is under investigation on suspicion of using government funds to secure favorable media coverage for himThe country’s attorney general announced on Wednesday (6).
As in Germany, the position of chancellor corresponds to that of prime minister. Local newspapers reported that an inspection was carried out on the buildings where the Ministry of Finance and the Chancellery are located.
Between 2016 and 2018 “the department’s resources were used to fund partially manipulated opinion polls that serve exclusively partisan political interest,” the attorney general’s office estimated.
At the time, Sebastian Kurz was not a chancellor, but was part of the government. According to prosecutors, a group of media outlets received payments to advertise such opinion polls.
The Austrian press accuses the sensationalist newspaper Österreich.
Kurz is already under investigation for making false statements to the Parliamentary Committee on corruption, but he has not yet been charged.
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