The Austrian National Council approved the decision to deprive the former chancellor and leader of the Austrian People’s Party Sebastian Kurz of parliamentary immunity amid a corruption scandal. About it writes World.
On November 16, a special parliamentary committee gave the green light to depriving the ex-chancellor of immunity, the deputies had to technically approve this decision. Sebastian Kurtz himself welcomed the move. At the same time, he stated that he did not consider himself guilty of illegal activities, and added that his innocence had already been confirmed by an independent legal examination.
Sebastian Kurtz stated on his resignation on October 9 this year. Kurtz’s successor was the head of the Austrian Foreign Ministry, Alexander Schallenberg. The ex-chancellor himself remained the head of the Austrian People’s Party.
Earlier, Kurz was accused of being involved in corruption schemes in 2016. The head of the Austrian government and nine other people were suspected of bribery of the media. On 6 October, the Vienna Economic Prosecutor’s Office conducted searches of the Chancellor’s office and the office of the ANP.
Kurz explained the decision to resign by the fact that the Austrian government was in a stalemate and could not pass the budget or agree on tax reform.
Sebastian Kurz has served as Federal Chancellor of Austria since 18 December 2017. He became the youngest head of government in the world. Kurz is known for his pro-Russian views: he called for the gradual lifting of sanctions against Russia, his coalition partners signed a cooperation agreement with United Russia, and also talked about the recognition of Crimea as Russian territory.