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Austria: SPO hold last event before Sunday's snap elections

Austria, Vienna
September 27, 2019 at 22:23 GMT +00:00 · Published

Social Democratic Party (SPO) head Pamela Rendi-Wagner spoke to her supporters on Friday in Vienna at a final rally before Sunday's snap elections.

The female candidate stressed the importance of the choice facing voters, with the ruling OVP party of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz having "lead our country into the biggest crisis since the second republic" and causing "the toxic social climate, developed over past 18 months" in Austria.

A snap election was called after Chancellor Sebastian Kurz ruling OVP's coalition with far-right party FPO ended following a no-confidence vote in May.

Parliament's decision came after publication of footage, which allegedly shows the head of FPO Heinz-Christian Strache discussing governmental contracts with a supposed Russian investor on Ibiza.

Rendi-Wagner referenced the so-called 'Ibiza' scandal during her speech, labelling the OVP and FPO union an 'Ibiza coalition'.

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Social Democratic Party (SPO) head Pamela Rendi-Wagner spoke to her supporters on Friday in Vienna at a final rally before Sunday's snap elections.

The female candidate stressed the importance of the choice facing voters, with the ruling OVP party of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz having "lead our country into the biggest crisis since the second republic" and causing "the toxic social climate, developed over past 18 months" in Austria.

A snap election was called after Chancellor Sebastian Kurz ruling OVP's coalition with far-right party FPO ended following a no-confidence vote in May.

Parliament's decision came after publication of footage, which allegedly shows the head of FPO Heinz-Christian Strache discussing governmental contracts with a supposed Russian investor on Ibiza.

Rendi-Wagner referenced the so-called 'Ibiza' scandal during her speech, labelling the OVP and FPO union an 'Ibiza coalition'.

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