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Austrian minister resigns amid thesis plagiarism scandal

Christine Aschbacher leaves cabinet post after allegations that some of her university work was fraudulent

Austrian minister Christine Aschbacher resigned from her cabinet post in charge of labour, families and youth on Saturday following allegations that some of her university work was plagiarised.

A Conservative from chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s OeVP party, Aschbacher said she had stepped down to “protect my family”, complaining of “hostility, political agitation and attacks … with unbearable force”.

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