Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg announced his resignation less than two months after taking office. The surprising announcement comes after his predecessor Sebastian Kurz announced his exit from politics this morning.
Schallenberg’s resignation further destabilized the conservative Ove party that rules the Green Party. Suspected of corruption, former Chancellor Kurz left his post at Schallenberg. Today, he has left the party leadership and the parliamentary bloc to the OVP, but has also announced his retirement from politics. Meanwhile, Austria is facing a serious pandemic situation. Yesterday, Parliament extended the closure imposed to reduce coronavirus cases by ten days.
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“It is not my intention and it was not my intention to take the position of party leader,” Schallenberg said in a written statement, noting that in his opinion, the office of chancellor and party leader should be combined into one. No. According to the Austrian press, Interior Minister Karl Nehammer is a possible successor to Kurz at the head of the party. According to the newspaper “Kronen Zeitung”, Nehammer is likely to be appointed chancellor tomorrow.
He took office on September 11
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Schellenberg was installed as chancellor on September 11 after Kurtz was forced to resign after a corruption investigation was opened against him. A longtime diplomat, son of an ambassador, the 52-year-old Schallenberg became foreign minister in 2019 as an independent but later joined the OVP.