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Austrian opposition seeks graft inquiry in next headache for Kurz

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VIENNA, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Austrian opposition events agreed on Wednesday to arrange a parliamentary fee of inquiry into alleged corruption by officers from the ruling conservative get together after its chief Sebastian Kurz stepped down as chancellor on the weekend.

Kurz denies wrongdoing however has been positioned beneath investigation together with 9 others together with senior aides on suspicion of corruption offences to do with utilizing public funds to control public opinion in favour of Kurz when he was in search of to take over as get together chief and later chancellor.

He stepped down on Saturday on the behest of his junior coalition associate, the Greens, to avoid wasting their coalition. He has been succeeded as chancellor by shut ally Alexander Schallenberg, a diplomat and relative newcomer to politics who says he’ll work intently with Kurz, who stays get together chief.

“We believe that what we have seen until now is just the tip of the iceberg,” lawmaker Kai Jan Krainer of the Social Democrats advised a joint news convention with colleagues from the 2 different opposition events in parliament.

Parliamentary commissions of inquiry in Austria have the facility to grab paperwork and query witnesses beneath oath.

An earlier fee on doable corruption beneath Kurz’s earlier coalition with the far proper obtained troves of text-message exchanges that grew to become a part of prosecutors’ corruption case towards Kurz and others.

Kurz is individually beneath investigation on suspicion of perjury over testimony he gave to that fee. Kurz, who’s now additionally taking on as his get together’s prime lawmaker in parliament, says all allegations towards him are false.

While the opposition events can arrange such a fee with out the 2 ruling events’ help, Krainer stated Kurz’s conservatives can delay its approval and it may not have the ability to maintain its first session till next 12 months.

Reporting by Francois Murphy
Editing by Mark Heinrich

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