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Austria swears in its third chancellor in three months

Newly appointed Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer (R) and Austria's outgoing chancellor and newly appointed Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg stand during a swearing-in ceremony at the Presidential Hofburg palace in Vienna, Austria on December 6, 2021.(Joe Klamar / AFP)
Newly appointed Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer (R) and Austria's outgoing chancellor and newly appointed Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg stand during a swearing-in ceremony at the Presidential Hofburg palace in Vienna, Austria on December 6, 2021.(Joe Klamar / AFP)

Austria’s Interior Minister Karl Nehammer is sworn in as the country’s third chancellor in as many months, after the fallout from a corruption scandal shook his ruling People’s Party.

President Alexander Van der Bellen formally swears in Nehammer at a ceremony at Vienna’s Hofburg Palace.

The previous Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg offered his resignation on Thursday, hours after his predecessor and close ally Sebastian Kurz announced he was resigning as head of the conservative People’s Party (OeVP) in the wake of a corruption scandal.

On Friday the OeVP nominated Nehammer, 49, to take over as party head and chancellor.

Nehammer’s first act has been to conduct a cabinet reshuffle, sending Schallenberg back to his previous post as foreign minister and appointing new finance, interior and education ministers. The new cabinet members were sworn in along with Nehammer.

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