Austria swears in new leader after Kurz resigns

A close aide to former Austrian leader Sebastian Kurz has been sworn in as the country's new chancellor after Kurz stepped down amid corruption allegations.

Alexander Schallenberg took office on Monday. The former foreign minister had been proposed by Kurz as his replacement. Schallenberg and Kurz are said to share a hardline stance on immigration.

Kurz's resignation announced on Saturday followed the launch of an investigation by prosecutors. They suspect he was involved in a case of using public money illegally to buy favorable media coverage, including manipulated poll results between 2016 and 2018.

Schallenberg said on Monday that he believes the accusations leveled against Kurz are false. He said he is convinced that it will eventually turn out that there was nothing to them.

Schallenberg made clear that he will work closely with Kurz, who will keep his post as leader of the governing People's Party. The People's Party and its junior partner, the Greens, are expected to maintain their coalition.

Opposition lawmakers are worried Kurz could continue to pull the strings behind the scenes.