Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg has announced his resignation

Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg has announced his resignation
Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg has announced his resignation

Alexander Schallenberg, Austrian chancellor since 11 October, announced his resignation, a few hours after the decision of Sebastian Kurz – his predecessor in the role of chancellor and leader of his party, the ÖVP (Popular Party) – to leave politics. Schallenberg said that the role of chancellor and leader of the majority party in the Austrian parliament should be held by the same person, so he will leave his post as soon as the ÖVP appoints Kurz’s successor.

On Thursday, prior to Schallenberg’s resignation, Kurz announced he was leaving politics due to the recent birth of his first child, and the need to spend more time with his family.

Before becoming chancellor, Schallenberg had been foreign minister in Kurz’s government: he had taken his place as head of government after the latter’s resignation due to a corruption investigation in which he is involved. Kurz, however, remained leader of the ÖVP and group leader of the party in the Austrian Parliament.

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