Western Europe

Austria’s ruling party names Nehammer new leader and country’s Chancellor

14:06, 03 December 2021
Austria’s ruling party names Nehammer new leader and country’s Chancellor Photo: Martin Juen via imago-images.de/Global Look Press

Minister of the Interior Karl Nehammer has been chosen to become the People's Party head and consequently the new Chancellor of Austria.

Local media report that Karl Nehammer has been appointed the new leader of the Austrian People's Party and will replace Alexander Schallenberg on the post of Austria’s Chancellor.

Nehammer’s approval for the position was made during the party’s meeting in Vienna on Friday.

49-year-old Nehammer, the current Interior Minister, also served as a member of the National Council (the lower house of Austria’s parliament). He has already announced that Magnus Brunner will be the next Finance Minister of the country after Gernot Bluemel resigned.

Besides, ex-Chancellor Schallenberg will return to the position of Foreign Minister which he occupied since 2019.

Nehammer’s candidature has been approved by the ruling party’s coalition allies, the Greens whose leader and respectively Austria’s Vice-Chancellor said that they could cooperate.

The news comes shortly after Former Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced that he would retire from politics after a corruption scandal.

Schallenberg took office on October 9 after Kurz, accused of embezzlement and bribery alongside nine other politicians, had declared his resignation. Austrian police forces conducted raids on the Chancellor’s office, the headquarters of the ruling party, and the Finance Ministry.

Kurz, the youngest democratically elected government head in the world, denies the allegations and prepares for the court trial.