Austria: Nation braces for third leader in weeks after political storm

Austria was thrust into political turmoil after former Chancellor Sebastian Kurz quit his party and politics, prompting his hand-picked successor and finance minister to also resign.

The day of commotion in Vienna started with Kurz’s decision on Thursday to leave his most recent role as leader of the People’s Party amid a corruption probe.

With a new party chairman looming, Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said he was ready to step aside just two months after succeeding the former leader.

Interior Minister Karl Nehammer is the most likely candidate to take over and may be nominated as soon as Friday, according to a person familiar with the discussions.

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