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Austria’s Sebastian Kurz resigns

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Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz resigned Saturday evening after becoming embroiled in a corruption scandal.

He said he will hand over the chancellery to Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg.

Austrian authorities raided Kurz’s offices and party headquarters in Vienna on Wednesday amid suspicion that he and his inner circle conspired to embezzle public funds to bribe pollsters and prominent media figures in return for favorable coverage. 

The raids marked a significant escalation of prosecutors’ corruption probe into Kurz, who already faces possible indictment in a separate case involving perjury allegations related to sworn testimony he gave before a parliamentary inquiry last year.   

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