SYDNEY: Austria’s parliament has voted to remove Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and his government from office in a special parliamentary session. His previous coalition ally, the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ), backed the motions brought by the opposition Social Democrats (SPÖ).The FPÖ had become embroiled in a political scandal caused by a secret video, which ended the coalition.
Austria’s president must now decide who will be chancellor.This leader will head a caretaker government ahead of elections expected in September.
Mr Kurz, head of the conservative Austrian People’s Party, is the first chancellor in post-war Austrian history to lose a confidence vote. At 32, he is the world’s youngest state leader.