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There is a rope around the neck of the fallen Austrian chancellor

The lower house of the Austrian parliament is expected to decide on the matter in one of its next sessions. A spokesman for the authority said that the investigation of the 35-year-old politician would be suspended pending a decision.

The parliamentary faction of the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) led by Sebastian Kurz has since Thursday welcomed the move, which in their view will soon allow the charges against the former chancellor to be dropped.

There are two ongoing cases against the conservative politician.

In one, the prosecution is investigating whether he, as prime minister, gave false testimony before a parliamentary inquiry into the Ibiza scandal that broke out in May 2019 and led to the fall of the coalition government of the People’s Party and the Austrian Freedom Party. (FPÖ).

In the other case, there was suspicion against him and his immediate surroundings for his election as party head in 2016. Publicly funded press releases and cosmetic opinion polls to increase popularity. In this case, ten people are being investigated by the Public Prosecution for economic crimes and corruption crimes due to dishonest treatment and bribery.

Sebastian Kurz denied the allegations.

The WKStA launched an investigation last week in the immediate vicinity of a politician who leads the Austrian People’s Party. The coalition partner, the Greens, backed down on Kurz because of this, and the government was on the verge of collapse. The chancellor finally announced his resignation after the cabinet meeting on Saturday evening. behind him Alexander Schallenberg He had previously become Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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Cover photo: Sebastian Kurz, the former Austrian chancellor, answers questions from journalists in the Vienna Parliament on October 14, 2021. Kurz resigned on September 9 after corruption investigations against him, but continued his political career as leader of the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) in the lower house of the Austrian parliament. MTI / AP / Lisa Lautner