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Former Austrian Chancellor Kurch announces resignation

This announcement marks the end of Kurz’s recent dazzling political career.

In 2017, at the age of only 31, Kurch became the youngest head of government in Europe, but in October of this year he had to resign as chancellor due to a corruption scandal.

“I have a new chapter in my life that I can open today,” said the 35-year-old politician, adding that he wants to spend more time with his family, especially his newborn son.

He plans to address new “professional challenges” next year.

Kurch also announced that he would resign as leader of the Conservative People’s Party (OeVP) on Friday.

“Today’s decision was not an easy one for me,” the former politician told reporters, adding that the recent fight against corruption allegations had taken a lot of effort and reduced his “passion” for politics.

Kurds reportedly resigned on October 9 in connection with an investigation into a corruption case.

According to the Economic and Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (WKSTA), there are indications that since April 2016, funds from the Ministry of Finance have been used to publish “politically motivated, [un] “Distorted surveys” conducted by a public opinion research company in the interests of the then Foreign Minister Kurz.

Curc has denied any guilt and also hoped on Thursday that he will have the opportunity to prove his innocence in court.
“I am neither a saint nor a criminal. I am a person with my virtues and my weaknesses,” the former chancellor admitted.

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