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Austria: New FPO leader promises external audit of party's finances

Austria, Vienna
May 20, 2019 at 11:05 GMT +00:00 · Published

Austrian Transport Minister and designated leader of the Austrian Freedom Party's (FPO), Norbert Hofer, told a press conference in Vienna on Monday that the party's finances will be examined by an external auditor.

Hofer said that "yesterday I inspected the donations that were made to the party in the last years and I can say that everything there is just small amounts. The list is only a few pages long and made up of small amounts."

Minister of the Interior, Herbert Kickl, criticised the reaction of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, saying "if what happened on Ibiza was irresponsible intoxication on alcohol, then the current proceedings of the OVP are a cold and sober intoxication of power, ladies and gentlemen, who are accepting of self-interest without consideration for losses and without caution for the consequences of these actions."

The press conference was held amid a political scandal involving its then-leader Heinz-Christian Strache which culminated in the Chancellor calling a snap election on Saturday.

A widely-circulated video shows Strache allegedly accepting support in the elections from a woman who claimed to be a Russian investor in exchange for public contracts in 2017. Strache resigned on Saturday.

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Austrian Transport Minister and designated leader of the Austrian Freedom Party's (FPO), Norbert Hofer, told a press conference in Vienna on Monday that the party's finances will be examined by an external auditor.

Hofer said that "yesterday I inspected the donations that were made to the party in the last years and I can say that everything there is just small amounts. The list is only a few pages long and made up of small amounts."

Minister of the Interior, Herbert Kickl, criticised the reaction of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, saying "if what happened on Ibiza was irresponsible intoxication on alcohol, then the current proceedings of the OVP are a cold and sober intoxication of power, ladies and gentlemen, who are accepting of self-interest without consideration for losses and without caution for the consequences of these actions."

The press conference was held amid a political scandal involving its then-leader Heinz-Christian Strache which culminated in the Chancellor calling a snap election on Saturday.

A widely-circulated video shows Strache allegedly accepting support in the elections from a woman who claimed to be a Russian investor in exchange for public contracts in 2017. Strache resigned on Saturday.

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