Monday, October 25, 2021

Austria – Ex-Chancellor Kurz unanimously elected ÖVP parliamentary group leader

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The affair about Austria’s Chancellor cost him the Chancellery. But Sebastian Kurz has by no means disappeared from the front row. His party has now elected him as the new leader of the parliamentary group.

Austria’s ex-Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is the new parliamentary group leader of the conservative ÖVP in the National Council. The 35-year-old was unanimously elected in a secret ballot, the ÖVP announced on Monday evening.

The previous sole parliamentary group leader, August Wöginger, was also unanimously elected as his first deputy. “We will work together with all our might for the people in Austria,” said Kurz and Wöginger. Kurz will be sworn in as a member of parliament on Thursday. He will therefore not attend the special session on Tuesday or the regular session on Wednesday as a Member of Parliament.

Kurz resigned as head of government on Saturday. The public prosecutor’s office is investigating him on suspicion of corruption. Kurz and his team are said to have misappropriated tax funds and embellished surveys for the rise of the top ÖVP politician. Kurz denies the allegations. His successor Alexander Schallenberg has been leading the coalition of ÖVP and Greens since Monday.

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