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Austria: President Van der Bellen dissolves government after vote of no confidence

Austria, Vienna
May 28, 2019 at 14:50 GMT +00:00 · Published

Austria's government was officially dissolved by Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen in Vienna on Tuesday after Chancellor Sebastian Kurz lost a vote of no confidence in Parliament on Monday fuelled by the Ibiza Affair.

"I don't want to leave unsaid that the disturbing picture from Ibiza is deeply ingrained in our minds, not only here but of course also abroad, and it eclipses the image of our homeland," the Austrian President said.

"And now - now it is our task to change this image, little by little, and to restore the belief that it's not normal for us, not for politicians, not for everyone else," added Alexander Van der Bellen.

On Monday a no-confidence motion tabled by the SPO was supported by the majority of the Austrian parliament against Chancellor Kurz and his newly-formed technocratic government. It follows a corruption scandal in which the leader of the Freedom Party - Kurz's coalition ally - was revealed to have 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.

Finance Minister Hartwig Loger (OVP) was appointed interim Chancellor and will remain in office until an alternative from outside the party is decided on by the President.

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Austria's government was officially dissolved by Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen in Vienna on Tuesday after Chancellor Sebastian Kurz lost a vote of no confidence in Parliament on Monday fuelled by the Ibiza Affair.

"I don't want to leave unsaid that the disturbing picture from Ibiza is deeply ingrained in our minds, not only here but of course also abroad, and it eclipses the image of our homeland," the Austrian President said.

"And now - now it is our task to change this image, little by little, and to restore the belief that it's not normal for us, not for politicians, not for everyone else," added Alexander Van der Bellen.

On Monday a no-confidence motion tabled by the SPO was supported by the majority of the Austrian parliament against Chancellor Kurz and his newly-formed technocratic government. It follows a corruption scandal in which the leader of the Freedom Party - Kurz's coalition ally - was revealed to have 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.

Finance Minister Hartwig Loger (OVP) was appointed interim Chancellor and will remain in office until an alternative from outside the party is decided on by the President.

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