A real storm hit the tops of Austrian politics on Thursday. There are rarely three such large changes in one day – it began with the resignation of Sebastian Kurz as the head of the Austrian People’s Party (OeVP). After him, Alexander Schallenberg informed about his resignation from the post of chancellor, and in the evening of his resignation Gernot Bluemel, the federal minister of finance and head of the Viennese structures of the Austrian People’s Party, informed about his resignation.
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The 40-year-old Bluemel announced his resignation “from all functions with immediate effect”, not only from his position in the government, but also from the position of head of the OeVP structures in Vienna, where he will be temporarily replaced by Karl Mahrer, a member of the National Council, reports the Kurier portal.
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He explained that there were two main reasons for his decision. The first is family reasons – on September 30 he became a father for the second time. The second reason – he is one of Kurz’s closest associates, who announced his departure from politics on the same day.
According to Kurier, Bluemel made the decision in a short time, “even Bluemel’s closest associates found out about his resignation only on Thursday evening”. He has not informed about further plans yet.
In a video posted on Facebook, Bluemel argued that he had received “death threats.” He also stressed that Kurz’s decision on Thursday was for him “the final impulse” in making his decision, and the several years of cooperation with the former chancellor “was a great honor”.
Against Bluemel, as well as against Kurz, there is an ongoing prosecutor’s investigation into suspected corruption.
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On the other hand Schallenberg, who was chancellor from October 11, announced Thursday night that he would resign from office “as soon as the party has set an appropriate course.”
“With 52 days in this position, Schallenberg will be the shortest-serving chancellor in history,” points out Vienna Online and points out that from the outset, Schallenberg was expected to be a deputy rather than a true successor to Kurz.
Who will run the government?
Already in the morning on Thursday, the daily “Kronen Zeitung” estimated that the departure of Kurz, who took over the party leadership in 2017, would cause reshuffles in the government. Schallenberg’s departure was assumed as the most likely scenario. Karl Nehammer, the current head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is nominated for the new head of OeVP and chancellor.
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PAP, tvp.info portal