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Austria’s Kurz says stepping down as chancellor

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VIENNA, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz mentioned on Saturday he’s stepping down after being positioned underneath investigation on suspicion of corruption offences.

Kurz mentioned in a press release to the media that he was proposing Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg, a profession diplomat, as his successor. Kurz plans to stay chief of his conservative social gathering and take over as its chief in parliament, he added.

Reporting by Francois Murphy, Editing by William Maclean

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Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who is under investigation on suspicion of corruption offences gives a statement at the federal chancellery in Vienna, Austria October 9, 2021. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

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