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Austria: Parliament decided today, the people will decide come September - Kurz

Austria, Vienna
May 27, 2019 at 17:06 GMT +00:00 · Published

Outgoing Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz reassured supporters that he was "still here" after he was forced to step down from office. He made the comments during an address to supporters in Vienna on Tuesday, in the wake of a corruption scandal that has torn through Austrian politics.

Kurz urged supporters to keep the faith and "get Austria on the move" in the leadup to the September federal elections. He expressed his disappointment at losing office but told voters that "today parliament has made a decision, but at the end of the day, the people will make a democratic decision in September. And that pleases me."

Kurz's Austrian Peoples' Party party saw a surge in support in the European elections to its highest-ever level of 35 percent, despite video revelations that the leader of the Freedom Party - Kurz's coalition ally - had encouraged a woman claiming she was a Russian investor to buy Austria's largest newspaper and gain access to government projects in exchange for favourable election coverage.

Austria's government was officially dissolved by Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen in Vienna on Tuesday, with Finance Minister Hartwig Loger (OVP) then appointed interim chancellor until an alternative from outside the party is found.

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Outgoing Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz reassured supporters that he was "still here" after he was forced to step down from office. He made the comments during an address to supporters in Vienna on Tuesday, in the wake of a corruption scandal that has torn through Austrian politics.

Kurz urged supporters to keep the faith and "get Austria on the move" in the leadup to the September federal elections. He expressed his disappointment at losing office but told voters that "today parliament has made a decision, but at the end of the day, the people will make a democratic decision in September. And that pleases me."

Kurz's Austrian Peoples' Party party saw a surge in support in the European elections to its highest-ever level of 35 percent, despite video revelations that the leader of the Freedom Party - Kurz's coalition ally - had encouraged a woman claiming she was a Russian investor to buy Austria's largest newspaper and gain access to government projects in exchange for favourable election coverage.

Austria's government was officially dissolved by Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen in Vienna on Tuesday, with Finance Minister Hartwig Loger (OVP) then appointed interim chancellor until an alternative from outside the party is found.

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