Austria’s Kurz says he is not ‘shadow chancellor’ after resignation

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Former Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz does not see himself continuing as a behind-the-scenes ruler after resigning his position in the face of a corruption inquiry that shook the ruling coalition. “I am not a shadow chancellor,” Kurz wrote in an online message after former foreign minister Alexander Schallenberg was sworn in as the new chancellor. Kurz said that he would continue to support the government’s work as leader of the conservative Austrian People’s Party (OeVP) and as future parliamentary group leader. Schallenberg stressed in a first public statement that he wanted to continue …

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