Austrian President officially dissolves gov't after vote of no-confidence

Austrian President officially dissolves gov't after vote of no-confidence
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  • calendar-gray 28 May 2019

On Monday, the Austrian parliament passed a motion of no confidence against Chancellor Kurz and his government amid the scandal involving the ruling party's coalition partner, the FPO, whose former leader Heinz-Christian Strache was taped discussing potentially exchanging government contracts against help with the election, ONAreports citing Sputnik.

Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen has officially dissolved the government under Chancellor Sebastian Kurz a day after the latter lost a no-confidence vote.

The President has tasked Vice Chancellor Hartwig Loger, who became an interim vice chancellor a week ago, with serving as Austria's Chancellor until an interim head of cabinet is appointed.

This comes after Austrian lawmakers from the Social Democrats and the right-wing Freedom Party passed a motion of no confidence in the government, while Kurz's Austrian People's Party (OVP) and liberal NEOS party voted against the motion.

Kurz, for his part, assured the President that his party is “ready for an orderly transfer of power and the transitional government” and that it “will support the interim government unconditionally, regardless of who he [the President] finds”.

Earlier, then-Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache and all ministers from Kurz’s minor coalition partner, the Freedom Party (FPO), except for Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl, resigned on 20 May.

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