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Austria: Interim government introduces itself following Kurz ousting

Austria, Vienna
June 12, 2019 at 11:23 GMT +00:00 · Published

Austria's newly formed interim government, headed by Chancellor Brigitte Bierlein, introduced itself to Parliament in Vienna on Wednesday.

Bierlein said: "We have entered this new situation in government smoothly, by and large. The past weeks have been impressive, showing us how reliable the Austrian Constitution, which upholds our institutions, is."

She went on to say that becoming the country's first female chancellor was not part of her life plan, adding that she was "surprised by it."

Social Democratic Party (SPO) Chairperson Pamela Rendi-Wagner also thanked the technocrat government for "tak[ing] responsibility in such vital moments" to avoid turning the current governmental crisis into "a very big one."

The previous government, headed by former Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz, was ousted in a no-confidence vote by the parliament on May 27, following a corruption scandal involving his coalition allies.

In the aftermath of the vote, President Alexander van der Bellen appointed an interim government with Bierlein as its chancellor.

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Austria's newly formed interim government, headed by Chancellor Brigitte Bierlein, introduced itself to Parliament in Vienna on Wednesday.

Bierlein said: "We have entered this new situation in government smoothly, by and large. The past weeks have been impressive, showing us how reliable the Austrian Constitution, which upholds our institutions, is."

She went on to say that becoming the country's first female chancellor was not part of her life plan, adding that she was "surprised by it."

Social Democratic Party (SPO) Chairperson Pamela Rendi-Wagner also thanked the technocrat government for "tak[ing] responsibility in such vital moments" to avoid turning the current governmental crisis into "a very big one."

The previous government, headed by former Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz, was ousted in a no-confidence vote by the parliament on May 27, following a corruption scandal involving his coalition allies.

In the aftermath of the vote, President Alexander van der Bellen appointed an interim government with Bierlein as its chancellor.

MANDATORY CREDIT: AUSTRIAN PARLIAMENT

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