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Austrian MPs to vote on Kurz’s immunity in corruption trial

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The Austrian Parliament is due to vote on Thursday on whether to strip former chancellor Sebastian Kurz of his parliamentary immunity in an investigation into corruption allegations.

Last month, Kurz resigned as Austria’s chancellor after the Prosecutor’s Office of Economic Affairs and Corruption (WKStA) searched his office over accusations that he and his team had manipulated opinion polls and paid for them with taxpayers’ money to facilitate his rise to the chancellery.

As a result, Kurz had moved to parliament as MP, where he enjoyed immunity until now. If he is found guilty, his return as chancellor is off the table, experts say.

MPs are expected to vote unanimously in favour of the lift.

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