Austria's Sebastian Kurz resigns

The Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz resigned on Saturday evening after a corruption scandal.

He announced that he would hand over the Chancellery to Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg.

Austrian authorities searched Kurz’s offices and party headquarters in Vienna on Wednesday on suspicion that he and his close circle conspired to embezzle public funds in order to bribe pollsters and prominent media representatives in return for cheap reporting.

The raids marked a clear escalation of the corruption investigations by the public prosecutor against Kurz, who is already confronted in a separate case with a possible charge of perjury allegations in connection with an affidavit he made prior to a parliamentary investigation last year.

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