VIENNA –Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced on Saturday that he would be stepping down following being under investigation for corruption offenses. However, he intends to remain the leader of his party as well as its top lawmaker in Parliament.
Kurz has denied wrongdoing, and said he would continue to govern with his coalition partner the Greens. The left-wing party claimed Kurz is not fit to be chancellor, and asked his party to name someone who was “beyond reproach”.
The Greens started talks with Austria’s opposition parties on Friday. They have all demanded Kurz resign, and plan to present one or more motions of no confidence against him at the special session on Tuesday. The Greens must support a motion in order for it to be passed.
” I would like to make way to end the stalemate to prevent chaos, and to ensure stability,” Kurz stated in a statement to media.
He stated that he would continue to be the party leader and take over as leader of its legislators in parliament. He stated that he had been proposing Alexander Schallenberg, the Foreign Minister, to replace him as chancellor.
The Greens have not yet said if they would accept Schallenberg.
Austrian media reports had indicated that Kurz would only resign temporarily. Kurz didn’t say that he would be defending himself in court, but he did state that he would. “