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Austrian Chancellor resigns following corruption scandal

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Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has stepped down, after pressure triggered by a corruption scandal.

He has proposed Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg as his replacement.

Kurz and nine others were placed under investigation after raids at a number of locations linked to his conservative People’s Party (ÖVP).

He denies claims he used government money to ensure positive coverage in a tabloid newspaper.

The allegations this week took his coalition government to the brink of collapse after its junior partner, the Greens, said Kurz was no longer fit to be chancellor.

Kurz became leader of the Austian People’s Party in May 2017 and led his party to victory in elections later that year – becoming, at the age of 31, one the world’s youngest ever democratically elected heads of government.

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