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Austria Poised for New Leader Even as Shadow of Kurz Lingers

  • Foreign Minister Schallenberg to be sworn as chancellor Monday
  • Kurz to retain influence as lawmaker but has to fight probes
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Austria Poised for a New Leader
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Austria will get a new chancellor, though the career diplomat stepping into Sebastian Kurz’s shoes is a close ally of the departing conservative leader who resigned over a corruption scandal.

The political maneuvering over the weekend -- with Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg slotted in quickly as successor -- raises the question of whether the Kurz era is really over or if the wily 35-year-old political survivor would keep pulling the strings as parliamentary leader of the still-dominant People’s Party.