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May 19, 2019
7:15PM

Austrian Chancellor calls for snap election after corruption scandal

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Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has asked for a snap election after his Vice-Chancellor, Heinz-Christian Strache, resigned over a corruption scandal. Kurz's People's Party is in government with Strache's Freedom Party.

The Freedom Party leader stepped down after a secret video footage showing him discuss government contracts with an alleged Russian investor emerged.

Mr Kurz said he has suggested to the president of the republic that new elections be carried out, at the earliest possible date.

Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen said a snap election was necessary after Mr Strache stepped down.

Mr Kurz has attempted to distance himself from past scandals surrounding the Freedom Party, mostly ones involving party officials and anti-Semitism or racism, but political opponents called for him to respond to the latest revelations. 

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