Austria swears in new chancellor after Kurz quit

The Greens, the junior partner to Kurz's conservatives, had demanded Kurz's head after he and nine others including senior aides were placed under investigation last week on suspicion of varying degrees of breach of trust, corruption and bribery.

Kurz, who denies wrongdoing, will remain head of his party and become its top lawmaker in parliament.

He has been his party's undisputed leader until now and Schallenberg is a career diplomat and close ally who is a relative newcomer to politics. Critics say he is unlikely to be his own man. He has declined to comment until after he is sworn in.

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