Michael Linhardt was the former ambassador to France and served as Minister for Foreign Affairs with Schellenberg. He ended the Austrian government’s crisis.
Madrid (European News).- Alexander Schellenberg was elected Austrian Chancellor Monday after Sebastian Kurz, who resigned Saturday for his involvement in a corruption scandal.
Michael Linhardt, a former ambassador to France joined Schellenberg in the role of foreign minister. This helped end the crisis within the Austrian government, the Austrian People’s Party and the Green Party Coalition, which was triggered by Kurz’s public allegations.
Alexander Van der Belen, Austrian President, attended the ceremony. He described the new prime minster as “a convincing European” and said that he was happy to be in this position. Drinhardt said that given his diplomatic experience, he was “not surprised” to become the new foreign minister.
Van der Bellen believes the new government is responsible for “restoring confidence” and warns that words alone will not suffice.
“The challenges we face cannot be delayed: the pandemic is not over yet,” he emphasized, and then listed the challenges in the labor market, education, science, Austria’s position in Europe and the world, and “the biggest of our time. Climate change is the “challenge”.
Schellenberg made it clear that he was open to working with Kurz after the ceremony. He also stated that he believes that the allegations against Kurz are “incorrect.” “Of course, Sebastian Kurz will be my partner. He said that everything else was absurd when it comes to democracy.
At the same time, he promised that not accepting the post of prime minister was “not an option” and pointed out that what Austria needs is “responsibility and stability”, which is what it promises to “guarantee”.
Twitter user, The New Foreign Minister, said: “I have immense respect for the challenge before me to assume the role of Prime Minister. I can assure that I will do all I can to serve my beautiful country.
Kurz spoke on the same social networking platform and noted that Schellenberg being elected prime minister “guarantees” stability. He stated, “This is my goal” in this difficult environment and then assured Kurz that he would support any new Austrian government. He stated, in a similar manner, that he wasn’t a shadow minister.
Schallenberg, Green Party leader Werner Kogler, confirmed the continuity in the bipartisan government during a meeting this Sunday. Schellenberg’s inauguration ended the possibility of Tuesday’s vote of no confidence.
Schellenberg’s words were reviewed by the opposition party. Liberal Party General Secretary Michael Schnelitz pointed out, “Anyone who thinks that the OVP leadership will change after Schellenberg takes office will be disappointed in a few minutes.” “It turns out that the new prime minister is the servant of his master. He said.
Beate Meinl Reisinger (leader of NEOS La Nueva Austria and Foro Liberal) said, “This doesn’t sound as a new start to me.” Schallenberg was rejected. “Apparently, pretending to not exist. It happened.
The investigation against Kurz is related to a poll allegedly commissioned by the Austrian Ministry of Finance, which supports Kurz and the Austrian People’s Party and appeared in a group of media in the country.
Investigators believe that the misappropriation of funds from the Ministry of Finance to conduct public opinion surveys is “completely in the interest of the party’s political progress.” The publication of the allegations in the media group comes with more than 1.1million euros in advertising cooperation. The allegations were denied by the media group.
Kurz was accused inciting bribery and many people in his circle were accused, including his media strategists Johannes Frischmann, Gerald Fleischmann, and Gerald Fleischmann.