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Austria: Vienna residents react to snap election, corruption scandal

Austria, Vienna
May 19, 2019 at 18:37 GMT +00:00 · Published

Viennese citizens reacted on Sunday to the announcement of a snap election following the emergence of a corruption scandal which has forced Vice Chancellor of Austria Heinz-Christian Strache to resign.

Strache, who is also the leader of the Freedom Party (FPO), was recorded on video allegedly accepting support in the elections from a woman who claimed to have Russian ties in return for public contracts.

"The video was just a typical video as you can have several times with politicians, especially with politicians of the Freedom Party in Austria," said Vienna resident Thomas Poechacker. "They just play the victim now and they always play the victims afterwards."

Vienna resident Barbara Bauer reacted to the decision of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz to call for new elections by saying it would be "the best solution."

"Now we can show the people in Austria and all over the world that we are not part of that system, that not everybody thinks the right way and that we are more open and more freedom willing people," said resident Christoph Lingard.

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Viennese citizens reacted on Sunday to the announcement of a snap election following the emergence of a corruption scandal which has forced Vice Chancellor of Austria Heinz-Christian Strache to resign.

Strache, who is also the leader of the Freedom Party (FPO), was recorded on video allegedly accepting support in the elections from a woman who claimed to have Russian ties in return for public contracts.

"The video was just a typical video as you can have several times with politicians, especially with politicians of the Freedom Party in Austria," said Vienna resident Thomas Poechacker. "They just play the victim now and they always play the victims afterwards."

Vienna resident Barbara Bauer reacted to the decision of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz to call for new elections by saying it would be "the best solution."

"Now we can show the people in Austria and all over the world that we are not part of that system, that not everybody thinks the right way and that we are more open and more freedom willing people," said resident Christoph Lingard.

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