The President of Austria, Alexander van der Bellen dismissed the government of Sebastian Kurz, said the Krone Zeitung. Vice-Chancellor Hartwig Leger has been appointed acting Chancellor. Despite his resignation, the President asked the Ministers to continue their work until the formation of the provisional government.
“We all want the best for Austria,” the President said, adding that in the long term the Cabinet of Ministers will have to work tiresome. According to him, a new government should be formed within a week, which will work until the next national elections in September.
Kurtz headed the government in December 2017. He became the youngest Chancellor in the history of Austria, at the time of his appointment he was 31 years old. Prior to that, he served for four years as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the country. The political career of the Course began early – at the age of 17 he joined the youth organization of the Austrian people’s party, and at the age of 23 he headed the Vienna Committee of this organization. In 2009, Kurtz was elected its Chairman. In 2010-2011 Kurtz was also a member of the City Council of Vienna. At the General elections in Austria in 2013 he went to the National Council of the country (the lower house of Parliament. – «Statements.)»Van der Bellen called on all members of the Austrian National Council to take part in the discussion: “a certain consensus is Needed” so that in the future a vote of no confidence is passed to the National Council. The President urged not to make hasty decisions and noted that Austria is not “on the verge”. Each subsequent “step is enshrined in the Constitution” of the country, he said. “All ministries must work to ensure the Republic’s ability to act,” he said.
On Monday, May 27, the Austrian Parliament passed a vote of no confidence in Kurtz. The vote was initiated by the opposition against the backdrop of a political scandal involving former Deputy Prime Minister Heinz-Christian stache. Der Spiegel and Süddeutsche Zeitung may 17 released a video of the conversation with a woman stache, which local media called “rich Russian” Alena Makarova. The recording was made by a hidden camera at a Villa in Ibiza in July 2017 – three months before the elections to the Austrian Parliament. In the video, a woman offers stache financial support during the parliamentary elections in exchange for help in business. According to Der Spiegel, the questionable negotiations were rigged on purpose. Who and for what purpose arranged a meeting, why the record was in the media after a long time, the publication does not specify.
Strache himself claimed that the woman on the video – a citizen of Latvia, not Russia. According to him, he met only once and at the time of negotiations was in alcohol intoxication. The politician denied receiving any financial assistance from her. The day after the video appeared in the media, stache resigned, and Kurtz announced plans to hold early parliamentary elections. The Chancellor promised that the Austrian people’s party headed by him will no longer work in a coalition with the Austrian freedom party (its leader is stretched. – «Statements.)»
Spy scandal is unlikely to spoil relations between Russia and Austria
On 21 may, the President of Austria announced that he would accept the resignation of all members of the government from the stache party. We are talking about the Minister of Internal Affairs the Herbert Cycle, the Minister of transport Norbert Hopera, the Minister of labor, Beate Hartinger-Klein, Minister of defense Mario Kunasek and the state Secretary of the Ministry of Finance of Austria Hubert Fuchs. The Minister for Foreign Affairs Karin Kneissl will remain at his post. The government Kurz she entered under the quota from party stache, however, at the party she is not.
Kneisl – an old friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin. In August last year, the Russian leader came to the wedding Kneisl and businessman Wolfgang Meilinger. Later, in March of this year, Knaysl in an interview with “Kommersant” told that she is familiar with Putin since 2001. According to her, for the first time, they met in Ljubljana during his negotiations with the then us President George W. Bush. Until recently, the moderate right-wing leadership of Austria looked friendly towards Russia – Austria was one of the few EU countries that did not expel Russian diplomats because of the poisoning of former GRU employee Sergei Skripal and his daughter. In addition, Austria also did not criticize Russia in connection with the recent spy scandals in the UK and the Netherlands, wrote Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. At the same time, Der Spiegel noted that the EU often criticized Kurtz for “friendship” with Putin.