Friday, 24 January 2020

Austrian leader loses no-confidence vote

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.

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