Austria's Sebastian Kurz resigns

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz resigned Saturday evening, bowing to growing pressure over a bombshell corruption probe that has rocked the country’s political establishment to its core. 

Kurz, a conservative star once seen as a model for Europe’s center right, said his Austrian People’s Party had nominated Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg, 52, a career diplomat, to replace him. Kurz, 35, said he planned to remain an MP and would take over the party’s parliamentary group. He also remains the head of his party. 

Kurz said in a brief statement on live television that he had come to the conclusion that it would have been “irresponsible” for him to wait for

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