Sebastian Kurz, Austria’s Former Right-Wing Chancellor, Announces His Retirement From Politics In The Wake Of Several Corruption Investigations Into His Conservative People’s Party

Sebastian Kurz, Austria’s right-wing chancellor from 2017 to 2019, and then again from 2020 through this autumn, has announced his resignation from the world of politics. Sebastian Kurz is the Austrian People’s Party’s chairman and parliamentary leader at the moment. On October 9, he announced his decision to resign as chancellor over an active corruption probe, bringing a rather unexpected end to his second term in office, which began in January 2020 following a coalition agreement between the conservative People’s Party and the Green Party.

Austria’s Right-Wing Chancellor Sebastian Kurz And His Close Associates Have Been Implicated In A Corruption Investigation

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and his close associates have been accused in a massive corruption probe that threatens to usher in a new era of political turmoil in the Alpine country. According to an emailed statement from anti-corruption prosecutors, offices at Kurz’s Chancellery and numerous other sites were searched on Wednesday.

The Communist Party Has Emerged As The Single Largest Political Party In Austria’s Second Largest City

On September 26, the Communist Party of Austria (KPÖ) emerged as the single largest party in Graz city and district council elections, ousting the incumbent conservative Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP). The communist triumph in Graz, the capital of the Styrian region, and Austria’s second-largest city, led by Elke Kahr, ended the 17-year mayorship of the ÖVP’s Siegfried Nagl. The Green Party’s vote base grew significantly as well. Meanwhile, the incumbent ÖVP retained its advantage in the polls for the Upper Austrian state parliament.