[ Diretor: Mário Frota [ Coordenador Editorial: José Carlos Fernandes Pereira [ Fundado em 30-11-1999 [ Edição III [ Ano XII

segunda-feira, 15 de maio de 2017

Austria heads for snap election as coalition shatters

Sebastian Kurz, Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs and new leader of the Austrian Peoples Party (OeVP), speaks during a press statement, in Vienna, Austria, 14 May 2017. The OeVP party executive committee elected Kurz to become the future OeVP leader, after Austrian Vice-Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner stepped down on 10 May.
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Kern’s Social Democrats (SPO) and Sebastian Kurz’s conservative People’s Party (ÖVP) are coalition partners and have dominated Austrian politics for decades, but are now at daggers drawn.

An early election would give the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ), currently leading in opinion polls, a good chance of entering national government less than a year after its candidate lost a presidential runoff.

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Alexander Van der Bellen, who beat the far-right candidate in a presidential election thriller last year, was sworn in today (26 January) just as speculation raged about the future of the government.


However, some surveys have suggested the ÖVP would leap from third to first place if the 30-year-old Kurz, who takes a tough stance on immigration, became its leader. Forming a government in Austria usually requires at least two parties.

“There will definitely … be an election, I assume in the coming autumn,” Kern told ORF TV. He had resisted the idea of a snap election, calling for the coalition to keep working until its term ends in more than a year’s time.

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