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Sebastian Kurz resigns as Chancellor of Austria

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has announced that he is resigning amid an investigation into his involvement in corruption. He announced this during an address to the nation, broadcast by the Kurier edition.

According to Kurz, he proposed to the country's president Alexander van der Bellen appoint the country's Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg as acting chancellor, while the politician himself intends to remain the head of the Austrian People's Party and become a member of parliament.

Earlier it became known that in Austria, the office of the country's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and the headquarters of the Austrian People's Party were searched on suspicion of bribing the media.

According to the agency, investigators conducted searches in the offices of the official representative of Chancellor Johannes Frischmann, Commissioner for Media Gerald Fleischmann, and adviser Stefan Steiner.

Officials are suspected of transactions with the publisher of Austria's largest tabloid Osterreich, which were allegedly concluded even before Kurz became chancellor in 2017.

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