Austria’s ex-chancellor Sebastian Kurz quits politics

Austria’s ex-chancellor Sebastian Kurz announces that he is quitting politics, nearly two months after resigning as national leader after being implicated in a corruption scandal.

“For me, a new chapter begins in my life that I can open today,” the 35-year-old conservative says, adding he wants to spend time with his family, especially his newborn son.

He says he will hand over the leadership of his conservative People’s Party (OeVP) on Friday.

Former Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz gives a press conference in Vienna, on December 2, 2021 (Joe Klamar / AFP)

“Today’s decision was not easy for me,” he tells reporters, adding that having to fight the recent corruption allegations has taken a heavy toll and diminished his “passion” for politics.

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