Alexander Schallenberg, 52, succeeds predecessor Sebastian Kurz however opposition warns of ‘no change to system’.
Alexander Schallenberg has been sworn in as Austria’s new chancellor, changing Sebastian Kurz, who resigned after he was implicated in a corruption scandal.
During Schallenberg’s swearing-in ceremony on Monday, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen mentioned the federal government wanted to revive public belief eroded by the allegations of Kurz’s wrongdoing.
“We all expect that the government will go back to work and moves things forward together,” Van der Bellen mentioned.
Schallenberg belongs to Kurz’s conservative Austrian People’s Party, which heads Austria’s coalition authorities.
The 52-year-old beforehand served as international minister. Career diplomat Michael Linhart, 63, was sworn in as his substitute throughout Monday’s ceremony.
‘No change to the Kurz system’
The appointments got here after Kurz introduced on Saturday that he would step apart in a bid to defuse a political disaster that erupted final week.
He and 9 others – together with senior aides – are being investigated on suspicion of breaching belief, corruption and bribery.
The Greens, the junior accomplice to Kurz’s conservatives, had demanded the 35-year-old’s head in response to the scandal.
Kurz, who has denied wrongdoing, proposed Schallenberg, a transfer that the Greens accepted.
Schallenberg has been loyal to Kurz and shares his laborious line on curbing migration, however has a background in diplomacy relatively than social gathering politics.
Austria’s political opposition mentioned the brand new chief will merely proceed to do his predecessor’s bidding.
“All opposition parties agree there is no change to the Kurz system,” Kai Jan Krainer of the Social Democrats, who was on a parliamentary fee of inquiry that seemed into doable corruption underneath a earlier Kurz authorities, instructed ORF radio.
“He still has all the strings in his hands and designated Chancellor Schallenberg is part of this Kurz system,” Jan Krainer mentioned.
Kurz retains social gathering chief position
Kurz and his shut associates are accused of making an attempt to safe his rise to the management of his social gathering and the nation with the assistance of manipulated polls and pleasant media studies, financed with public cash.
Kurz grew to become the chief of his Austrian People’s Party after which chancellor in 2017.
Although he’s stepping down as chancellor, he’s maintaining his position as social gathering chief and changing into the pinnacle of its parliamentary group.
President Van der Bellen, who oversees durations of transition, apologised to the nation on Sunday for the impression given by textual content messages despatched by Kurz and different conservative officers which can be a part of prosecutors’ investigation.
In a few of the exchanges, broadly reported by Austrian media, Kurz contradicts his public statements and makes apparently cynical strikes behind the scenes.
He expressed remorse on the wording of some texts in his resignation speech on Saturday.