Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz has said that he plans to step down in an effort to defuse a Government crisis after it was announced he was the subject of a corruption investigation.
The 35-year-old has proposed that Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg be his replacement.
Kurz’s party had closed ranks behind him after the prosecutors announcement on Wednesday.
Opposition leaders had planned a vote of no-confidence against him in parliament on Tuesday.
“What we need now are stable conditions,” Kurz said.
“So, in order to resolve the stalemate, I want to make way to prevent chaos and ensure stability.”
Kurz and his associates are accused of attempting to secure his rise to the leadership of his party and the country with the aid of public finances, by manipulating polls and friendly reports in the media.
Kurz became the People’s Party leader and then chancellor in 2017 and strongly denies any wrongdoing.
IMAGE – “Sebastian Kurz” by Пресс-служба Президента России (CCBY4.0)