Tyrol’s LH Günther Platter continued to distance himself from him as Federal Chancellor after Sebastian Kurz (both ÖVP) resigned. Although Platter wanted to continue to see Kurz in office at first, he now found that the allegations were too serious, he told the “Tiroler Tageszeitung” on Tuesday. He demanded that the new Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg (ÖVP) be able to lead the government “according to his ideas without exerting influence” and stressed that he was “a black man”.
After Kurz was elected club chairman in the National Council, it is important “that in future, regardless of personal sensitivities, everyone fulfills their role,” said Platter of the “Tiroler Tageszeitung” on Tuesday. For Schallenberg it now applies that he “takes the necessary steps to clearly define the independence of politics and his government,” advised Platter to the chancellor, who was only sworn in on Monday. He expects calm after the government crisis, one shouldn’t worry about new elections, he said.
On Thursday evening, Platter stood in front of the cameras on behalf of the ÖVP governors to support Kurz. But there are “serious allegations that cannot be wiped away,” Platter judged the matter differently. For the country chief, the chats that became known on Friday as well as the signing of a coalition of the Greens, SPÖ, FPÖ and NEOS were decisive for the fact that he was in favor of Kurz resigning as Federal Chancellor.
Platter also stated that he was “a black man”. He had “always had different points of view” with the turquoise federal ÖVP.
The black Tyrolean Chamber of Labor President Erwin Zangerl went to court harder with Kurz. Kurz should withdraw completely, he demanded. “There is already talk of a shadow chancellor Sebastian Kurz,” criticized Zangerl. “For a fresh start in the ÖVP and in the federal government, everything should be handed over absolutely clean.”