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Austria names new chancellor after Kurz’s shock resignation

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Austria’s ruling get together on Friday named Inside Minister Karl Nehammer to steer the conservative camp and the nation after the shock resignation of former chancellor Sebastian Kurz as get together head triggered recent political upheaval.

“I wished to announce that as we speak I used to be unanimously appointed by the OeVP (Folks’s Get together) management as get together head and concurrently the chancellor candidate,” Nehammer instructed reporters.

The assembly of the get together’s high brass got here a day after Kurz, implicated in a corruption scandal, stated he was quitting as get together boss.

Alexander Schallenberg, who took over as chancellor in October, stated on Thursday that he was able to resign as “the posts of chancellor and head of the get together… ought to rapidly be taken on by the identical individual”.

It’ll now be as much as Austria’s president to simply accept Nehammer’s nomination and swear him in, however that is principally a formality.

Kurz’s announcement that he would give up politics to dedicate time to his household, particularly his new-born son, got here simply two months after he resigned as nationwide chief.

This adopted his implication in a corruption scandal, bringing down a spectacular profession, which noticed him turn out to be the world’s youngest democratically elected head of presidency in 2017 at simply 31.

Apart from naming Nehammer, the conservative get together additionally nominated recent faces for a number of different portfolios, the inside minister stated.

This features a new finance minister after Kurz ally Gernot Bluemel additionally resigned on Thursday.

Former military officer

Born in Vienna in 1972, Nehammer labored within the military for a number of years earlier than turning into a communications advisor.

He grew to become a lawmaker in 2017 and inside minister in January 2020 and confronted the primary jihadist assault in Austria, which killed 4 folks.

The inside ministry was strongly criticised for having failed to watch the Austrian gunman liable for the killings, though that they had been alerted to the hazard.

The scandal bringing down Kurz erupted in early October when prosecutors ordered raids on the chancellery and the finance ministry.

They’re probing allegations that Kurz’s interior circle used public cash to pay for polls tailor-made to spice up his picture and guarantee constructive protection in one of many nation’s greatest tabloids.

Kurz has denied any wrongdoing, saying he hopes to have his day in court docket to show his innocence.

Kurz, now 35, wrested management of the OeVP in 2017 and along with his laborious stance on immigration led it to 2 election victories.

The OeVP’s first coalition with the far-right collapsed in 2019 when its junior companion grew to become engulfed in a corruption scandal, resulting in recent elections.

These returned Kurz as chancellor, this time heading an administration with the Greens.

(AFP)

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