Austrian Foreign Minister to Take Over as Chancellor on Monday

© AP Photo / Virginia MayoAustrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg in Brussels
Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg in Brussels - Sputnik International, 1920, 10.10.2021
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VIENNA (Sputnik) - Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg will take over the chancellorship on Monday after Sebastian Kurz tapped him as a replacement following his surprise resignation over a corruption probe.
President Alexander Van der Bellen will swear Schallenberg in at a televised ceremony starting at 1 p.m. (11:00 GMT) at the presidential office in Vienna, according to the official schedule published by the APA news agency.
Kurz announced his resignation on Saturday, as the opposition was preparing to submit a no-confidence motion against him amid a corruption probe. The prosecution claimed the government had been using public funds to manipulate opinion polls in favour of the People's Party, which Kurz denies.
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