Austrian Chancellor resigns


Austria’s Chancellor, Werner Faymann, has resigned. The decision was taken as pressure increased on the Chancellor over his handling of the migrant crisis and his Social Democratic Party (SPÖ)’s disastrous performance in the first round of the presidential elections on 24th April when his party candidate came fourth. A far right candidate, Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) is expected to win the 22nd May second round runoff.

Mr Faymann was under pressure to resign by members of his party and it was clear that he had lost the support of the SPÖ when plans were brought forward to hold a special congress.

Deputy Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner of the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP), the junior partner in the two party coalition government is to take over as Chancellor on an interim basis.

You can read (in Austrian) the official government announcement of the Chancellor’s resignation here.

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