Former Austrian Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz leaves politics at the age of 35


Former Austrian Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz announced on Thursday that he would withdraw from politics after serving for about 10 years in the government.

“I’m looking forward to a new chapter, but it’s an honor in my life to serve the Republic of Austria,” Kurtz said. I have written On social media. “I didn’t downplay this decision, but I’m leaving without any pain.”

In an unusually long statement to the media, a 35-year-old former federal leader said he put his work “on almost everything” and left little time for his family.

Kurtz, one of Europe’s youngest leaders, said his enthusiasm for politics diminished over time, and the recent birth of his first child motivated him to take the last step to quit politics. Said it became.

“The birth of my son Constantine in the last few weeks, especially a few days ago, reminded me of how many things are beautiful and important outside of politics,” he said.

Kurtz continued to be the head of his People’s Party (OVP), but is his coalition partner after prosecutors announced that he was one of the targets of the investigation of alleged bribery and breach of trust. At the request of the Greens, he resigned as prime minister in October. Congressman.

At a press conference on Thursday, Kurtz admitted that he had made a mistake during his ten-year career, citing allegations made against him.

“I’m neither a saint nor a criminal,” said the politician. “Now I have a legal accusation against me. I look forward to the day when I can prove they are wrong in court,” he added.

Taken over as Prime Minister by Alexander Schallenberg, Kurtz became the OVP leader in 2017, then became Prime Minister, won the parliamentary elections, and has been the second most dominant Austrian politician since coalition with the Liberal Party (FPO). He was an extreme person.

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Austrian Prime Minister Alexander Schallenberg (OeVP) spoke at a press conference after the Corona Crisis Summit in Vienna, Austria, on November 14, 2021. (GeorgHochmuth / APA / AFP via Getty Images)

He led the party in two parliamentary elections, 2017 and 2019, and became prime minister after both. However, his time in government was caught up in scandals, including investigating grafts, trapping then-leaders of the FPO, and being dismissed by Congress in 2019 after the coalition collapsed.

Mr Kurtz said the OVP leadership met on Friday but did not support his successor to anyone. various Austrian Media said Interior Minister Karl Nehammer was the best candidate.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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