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Classics Austria: Resignation of the boss of the Öbag, a close to Chancellor Kurz

16:25  08 june  2021
16:25  08 june  2021 Source:   leparisien.fr

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AUTRICHE: DÉMISSION DU PATRON DE L'ÖBAG, UN PROCHE DU CHANCELIER KURZ © Reuters / Leonhard Foeger Austria: Resignation of the Boss of the Öbag, a close to Chancellor Kurz

Vienne (Reuters) - The President of the Öbag, Public Holding managing the participations of the Austrian State in large listed companies, resigned Tuesday of his duties while Justice investigates suspicions of perjury targeting the Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.

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At its hearing in 2020, Sebastian Kurz, 34, had denied any intervention in the appointment of a loved one, Thomas Schmid, at the head of the Öbag.

Gold ancient exchanges of SMS between the two men, widely relayed in the Austrian media, attest to a proximity between the Chancellor and this high official: "You have everything you want," said Sebastian Kurz to the boss of Holding. A message to which Schmid had responded by thanks and emojis appearing.

Embarrassing exchanges that might be in fine an accusation at the Austrian Chancellor for "false declaration". Sebastian Kurz denies any offense.

taken in the turmoil, Thomas Schmid, whose mandate expires theoretically in March 2022, was finally forced to resign.

The Öbag had indicated in April that his leader would not go beyond his mandate, but it specifies on Tuesday in a statement that his Supervisory Board shall be "reached with Mr. Schmid concluded that the immediate cessation of his role is a necessary step for the Öbag ".

The director of the entity, Christine Catasta, will provide the interim.

The Öbag owns 51% of the capital of the Verbund electricity company, 31.5% of the OMV oil company and 52.9% of the Austrian post.

The Austrian Social Democrat (Spö, Opposition), which accuses the Chancellor of Nepotism, found that the resignation of Schmid was involved in "the collapse of the Kurz system".

(François Murphy, French version Sophie Louet, edited by Blandine Hénault)

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