Sebastian Kurz, Austrian chancellor, loses confidence vote

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Media captionThe so-called “Ibiza-gate” video led to the collapse of Mr Kurz’s coalition

Austria’s parliament has voted to take away Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and his authorities from workplace in a particular parliamentary session.

His earlier coalition ally, the far-right Freedom Occasion (FPÖ), backed the motions introduced by the opposition Social Democrats (SPÖ).

The FPÖ had develop into embroiled in a political scandal attributable to a secret video, which ended the coalition.

Austria’s president should now determine who can be chancellor.

This chief will head a caretaker authorities forward of elections anticipated in September.

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Mr Kurz, head of the conservative Austrian Folks’s Occasion, is the primary chancellor in post-war Austrian historical past to lose a confidence vote.

At 32, he’s the world’s youngest state chief.

What occurred in parliament?

The SPÖ introduced ahead the 2 no-confidence votes – one towards Mr Kurz and the opposite towards the federal government.

Whereas they management solely 52 of the 183-seat decrease home, the FPÖ – who maintain 51 seats – agreed to again the motions, which wanted solely a easy majority to move.

The left-wing environmentalist JETZT get together additionally voted to oust the chancellor and his authorities, though the liberal NEOS get together reportedly backed Mr Kurz in a bid to keep away from instability.

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Mr Kurz did nicely in Sunday’s EU elections but it surely was not sufficient to avoid wasting him

Mr Kurz’s shock sturdy displaying in Sunday’s European Union elections – with a projected 35% of the vote – was not sufficient to avoid wasting him.

On Fb he accused the events of a “sport of revenge” forward of the boldness votes, including: “However on the finish of the day the folks will determine, particularly in September.”

The events ranged towards Mr Kurz appeared to consider he ought to shoulder a number of the blame for the autumn of the coalition.

The Social Democrats say he ought to by no means have allied himself with the FPÖ within the first place. The FPÖ remains to be smarting from having had Mr Kurz change all of its ministers with technocrats.

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Mr Kurz in the meantime has promoted himself as a bastion of stability amid the turmoil.

What is the video scandal about?

It has broadly been labelled “Ibiza-gate”, after the Spanish island the place the video was recorded.

It was secretly filmed in 2017 simply weeks earlier than the election which noticed each the FPÖ and Chancellor Kurz’s get together carry out nicely.

Within the footage, launched by German media, Freedom Occasion chief and vice-chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache may be seen enjoyable and ingesting for hours at a villa with FPÖ parliament group chief Johann Gudenus, whereas they meet a lady, presupposed to be the niece of a Russian oligarch.

Mr Strache seems to suggest providing her public contracts if she buys a big stake within the Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung – and makes it assist the Freedom Occasion.

He’s heard suggesting that plenty of journalists must be “pushed” from the newspaper, and that he desires to “construct a media panorama like [Viktor] Orban” – referring to Hungary’s nationalist chief.

Mr Strache stood down hours after the video emerged.

President Alexander Van der Bellen then fired FPÖ Inside Minister Herbert Kickl on the request of Mr Kurz.

The transfer prompted the FPÖ’s different ministers to resign in solidarity.

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