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‘I am emancipated sufficient’, Austrian leader says after Kurz tweets for him

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VIENNA, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg, ridiculed by critics as a mere pawn of his predecessor Sebastian Kurz, mentioned on Thursday he’s “emancipated enough” after a message of his was mistakenly despatched as a substitute from Kurz’s Twitter account.

Kurz stepped down on Saturday on the behest of his junior coalition accomplice, the Greens, after prosecutors positioned him and 9 others together with a number of senior aides beneath investigation on suspicion of corruption offences.

Kurz, who denies wrongdoing, stays leader of his social gathering and is now additionally its high lawmaker. Opposition events say Schallenberg, a profession diplomat and shut Kurz ally, is little greater than Kurz’s puppet and Kurz is “chancellor in she shadows”.

Kurz denies that, however a Twitter mishap on Thursday performed into his critics’ fingers. A message asserting “my first trip as chancellor” that includes an image of Schallenberg on his technique to Brussels was despatched from Kurz’s account. It was quickly deleted and reposted from Schallenberg’s.

“Of course I am emancipated enough. I was sworn in as chancellor of the Republic of Austria on Monday,” Schallenberg instructed a news convention in Brussels.

“That perhaps an error occurred on a social media account, so to say – one has to understand that the situation of the past five days was very challenging for all staff,” he added. “That has absolutely nothing to do with my understanding of my office and my position.”

Schallenberg mentioned in his first assertion within the job that he’ll “work very closely” with Kurz.

He has additionally not dominated out Kurz returning as chancellor on this parliament if the investigation ends, however the Greens have.

“We’ll cross the bridge when we get there,” he instructed ORF TV in English on Wednesday.

Reporting by Francois Murphy, Editing by William Maclean

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