Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz ousted in no-confidence vote

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz ousted in no-confidence vote
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  • calendar-gray 27 May 2019

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has lost a no-confidence motion, forcing his government from office in the wake of the 'Ibizagate' Russian influence scandal despite his party's European election victory, ONAreports citing Euronews.

It came after his former coalition partners in the far-right FPÖ party said they would back a no-confidence motion submitted by the opposition Social Democrats (SPÖ). SPÖ leader Pamela Rendi-Wagner said it was up to Austrian president Alexander Van der Bellen to invite Parliament to find a solution for a new caretaker cabinet until nw elections can be held.

"What must not happen is that another government is sworn in which has no majority in parliament and therefore no stability," Rendi-Wagner said.

Kurz's Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) came out on top in the EU elections, winning by roughly 8 points more than in 2014.

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