Schallenberg takes office as opposition say Kurz remains in charge

Austria's Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg was sworn in as chancellor on Monday after Sebastian Kurz resigned in the face of corruption allegations, whereas the opposition mentioned the brand new chief would merely proceed to do Kurz's bidding.   

The Greens, the junior companion to Kurz's conservatives, had demanded Kurz's head after he and 9 others together with senior aides have been positioned below investigation final week on suspicion of various levels of breach of belief, corruption and bribery. Kurz, who denies wrongdoing, will stay head of his occasion and turn into its high lawmaker in parliament.

He has been his occasion's undisputed chief till now and Schallenberg, who will give a speech at 2 p.m. (1200 GMT), is a profession diplomat and shut ally who’s a relative newcomer to politics. Critics say he’s unlikely to be his personal man. He has declined to remark till after he’s sworn in.

President Alexander Van der Bellen mentioned the federal government wanted to regain public belief shaken by the investigation.

"The rearranged government now has a great responsibility not just to successfully continue this government's projects but also responsibility for restoring the public's trust in politics," Van der Bellen mentioned as he swore in Schallenberg and the brand new international minister, Michael Linhart.

Van der Bellen, who oversees intervals of transition, apologized to the nation on Sunday for the impression given by textual content messages despatched by Kurz and different conservative officers which are a part of prosecutors' investigation.

In a number of the exchanges, broadly reported by Austrian media, Kurz contradicts his public statements and makes apparently cynical strikes behind the scenes. He expressed remorse on the wording of some texts in his resignation speech on Saturday.

Critics accuse Kurz of overseeing a system or community that flouted guidelines on points like occasion funding and appointments to state jobs in pursuit of energy for him and allies. Kurz, who’s below investigation individually for perjury, says all accusations are false.

"All opposition parties agree there is no change to the Kurz system. He still has all the strings in his hands and designated Chancellor Schallenberg is part of this Kurz system," Kai Jan Krainer of the Social Democrats, who was on a parliamentary fee of inquiry that regarded into attainable corruption below a earlier Kurz authorities, advised ORF radio.

Anti-corruption prosecutors say they think conservative officers in the Finance Ministry used state funds to pay for manipulated polling and protection favorable to Kurz to seem in a newspaper beginning in 2016, when Kurz was looking for to turn into occasion chief. He succeeded and gained a parliamentary election the following yr.

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