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Austrian PM fired by scandal

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The Austrian National Assembly passed a no-confidence case on May 27 by the opposition, dismissed Prime Minister Kurz, and determined that he should be responsible for the scandal of "exchange of interests" of former Deputy Prime Minister Strach.

Kurz has just led the Austrian People's Party to victory in the European Parliament elections and has vowed to retake power in parliamentary elections held until September.

One vote

Austria's largest opposition party, the center-left Social Democratic Party, launched a motion of no confidence in the parliament on May 27, criticizing Kurtz for improper handling of the Strach scandal.

Two German media had previously exposed the video, showing that two Austrian Liberal party seniors had a secret meeting with a woman claiming to be a Russian oligarch niece before the October 2017 parliamentary election, in exchange for a public works contract in exchange for media support such as campaign support.

As one of the "protagonists" of the video, Strach has resigned as vice premier and party leader on May 18.

Kurtz identified the Liberal Party as "sullying the country's reputation," ending its nearly one and a half year joint administration with this right-wing populist party, announcing early parliamentary elections, and later lifting the Liberal Party's core figure, Herbert Kecker, Invited a number of cabinet ministers of the Liberal Party to collectively "pick and pick." Kurz then formed a minority government.

Before the parliamentary vote on May 27, Kicker pointed to Kurz as "exerting the title": "He made the entire Liberal Party responsible for individual wrongdoing ... borrowed Strach's video to consolidate power." Social Democratic Party Chairman Pamela · Lundy-Wagner shared a similar view, arguing that Kurtz's blind pursuit of power after the scandal was exposed was "unconstrained and irresponsible".

The People's Party occupies about a third of the seats in parliament, but the Social Democratic Party and the Liberal Party can join forces to make up more than half. Kurtz could not escape fate.

The Associated Press reports that in Austrian politics, opposition parties often initiate distrust motions against the government in Parliament, but this is the first successful removal of the Prime Minister since 1945. Kurtz has been in office for 525 days and is the Prime Minister of Austria for the shortest time since the founding of the Second Republic of Austria.

A goal

About three hours after being fired, Kurz attended a rally in the capital Vienna, addressed supporters gathered near the headquarters of the People's Party, and promised to lead the People's Party to victory in the September parliamentary elections and retake the post of prime minister. "Nationals will eventually make a decision in September," he said.

The Austrian People's Party won the first vote in 2017, the last parliamentary election, and subsequently formed a cabinet with the Liberal Party, which received the third vote. In the next election, the People's Party may have a better chance of winning.

The European Parliament election "Austria Station" was held on the 26th. The preliminary vote counting results showed that the People's Party won 34.9% of votes, 8 percentage points higher than the previous European Parliament election in 2014, creating the best record in party history and will increase in the European Parliament. Two seats. The Social Democratic Party won 23.6% of the votes; the Liberal Party fell to 17.2% due to the scandal.

Some analysts said the results of the European Parliament elections meant that Kurz and the People's Party had enough money to make a comeback.

Austrian President Alexander Vanderbelen said on May 27 that the cabinet minister would need to remain in office for several days after the dissolution of the Kurz government until the caretaker government was formed, during which time new Deputy Prime Minister and Treasury Secretary Hartwig Leger would assume the role of prime minister. The caretaker government will rule until the next National Assembly election. Kurz promised to cooperate with the caretaker government and do his best to provide support.

Kurz, 32, was Europe's youngest leader when he took office at the end of 2017. In 2013, at the age of 27, he became Austria's Foreign Minister and became Europe's youngest foreign minister. In May 2017, he was 30 years old and was elected chairman of the People's Party at a close to full vote. (Special feature by Cuckoo Xinhua News Agency)

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