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Austria: Wieners Believe Kurz Will Bounce Back Despite Scandal-Hit Tenure

Residents in the Austrian capital of Vienna said that the outgoing chancellor Sebastian Kurz would make a comeback, partly thanks to his young age, when giving interviews on Tuesday.

They were quick to point out that Kurz was not to blame for the scandal which engulfed his government but many were looking forward to a fresh start.

One, however, felt that Kurz’s unwillingness to speak to his coalition partners cost him in the end.
Another hailed the ‘exciting times.’

Austria’s government was officially dissolved by Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen in Vienna on Tuesday after Chancellor Sebastian Kurz lost a vote of no confidence in Parliament on Monday fuelled by the Ibiza Affair.

On Monday a no-confidence motion tabled by the SPO was supported by the majority of the Austrian parliament against Chancellor Kurz and his newly-formed technocratic government.

It follows a corruption scandal in which the leader of the Freedom Party – Kurz’s coalition ally – was revealed to have encouraged a woman claiming she was a Russian investor to buy Austria’s largest newspaper and gain access to government projects in exchange for favourable election coverage.
Finance Minister Hartwig Loger (OVP) was appointed interim Chancellor and will remain in office until an alternative from outside the party is decided on by the President.

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