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Austria: Transitional government sworn in after FPO scandal resignations

Austria, Vienna
May 22, 2019 at 14:27 GMT +00:00 · Published

Austria's technocratic transitional government was sworn in during a ceremony in Vienna on Wednesday.

During the ceremony, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen said, "In correspondence with our Federal Constitution, I granted the Federal Chancellor the order, the request, for a phase of transition. Transition meaning until the next national elections or rather until a new government is formed."

The decision to form the transitional government comes in the wake of the collapse of the coalition government of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz's Austrian People's Party (OVP) and the Freedom Party of Austria (FPO), after all FPO ministers resigned when Kurz announced his intention to sack FPO Interior Minister Herbert Kickl over the 'Ibiza' video scandal.

Next week, Kurz will reportedly face a vote of no-confidence in his leadership and with statements from the FPO to local media indicating they will not be supporting him, his fate will likely lie in the hands of the second largest opposition party, the Social Democrats.

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Austria's technocratic transitional government was sworn in during a ceremony in Vienna on Wednesday.

During the ceremony, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen said, "In correspondence with our Federal Constitution, I granted the Federal Chancellor the order, the request, for a phase of transition. Transition meaning until the next national elections or rather until a new government is formed."

The decision to form the transitional government comes in the wake of the collapse of the coalition government of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz's Austrian People's Party (OVP) and the Freedom Party of Austria (FPO), after all FPO ministers resigned when Kurz announced his intention to sack FPO Interior Minister Herbert Kickl over the 'Ibiza' video scandal.

Next week, Kurz will reportedly face a vote of no-confidence in his leadership and with statements from the FPO to local media indicating they will not be supporting him, his fate will likely lie in the hands of the second largest opposition party, the Social Democrats.

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