Austrian Chancellor resigns over media publicity scandal

Austrian Chancellor resigns over media publicity scandal

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Sebastian Kurz, Austrian Chancellor named as an actor in a corruption scandal that involved paying for good publicity, has resigned.

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Mr Kurz announced his resignation a televised media statement on Saturday afternoon n Vienna where he was stepping aside so as to “make space to prevent chaos”.

The embattled Kurz, according to The Gazette, nominated Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg to be the new chancellor, while he would remain the leader of his People’s Party (OeVP) and a lawmaker in parliament.

Al Jazeera reported multiple raids carried out by prosecutors, with the locations raided being linked to the OeVP on Wednesday.

Mr Kurz and nine others were under investigation over government funds being used to solicit for positive media coverage, the prosecutors announced said.

The prosecutors alleged that an unnamed media company “received payments” in return for publishing favourable surveys.

Though the company in question has not been officially named, it has been widely identified in Austria media as the Oesterreich tabloid despite the media outfit denying it’s involvement, multiple reports said.

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