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Crisis of the government in Austria after unveiling video

Shortly before the EU election is Austria's Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache (FPÖ) because of corruption allegations under severe pressure. Chancellor

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Crisis of the government in Austria after unveiling video

Shortly before the EU election is Austria's Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache (FPÖ) because of corruption allegations under severe pressure. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, the ÖVP formed a coalition with the FPÖ, convened on Friday evening for a crisis meeting. As in government circles, said, want to comment Briefly on Saturday to the thing.

FPÖ-Chef Strache is said to have promised, according to media reports, the Friday before the Parliament election in 2017 in return for campaign assistance benefits in the case of a government participation. The Opposition demanded the resignation of Strache. The SPÖ demanded a special session of the Parliament. They filed on Friday a request for an extraordinary session of the national Council.

The decision on the appointment, meets parliamentary President, Wolfgang Sobotka (ÖVP). This must take place within eight working days. The Wednesday after the EU elections, the latest is the possible date for the debate.

Prosecutor

Specifically, it comes to secretly recorded Video, that the head of the right-wing populist FPÖ in conversation with a woman shows that you want him to be as alleged niece of a Russian oligarch presented been. Accordingly, Strache during the interview, which was also the current FPÖ Chairman Johann Gudenus took part, among other things, the state should have contracts in prospect.

FPÖ General Secretary of the Christian port Ecker dismissed the reports. "Since the Video was quite obviously illegal, we are preparing an appropriate legal steps," he said. Neither Strache, the FPÖ had received the benefits of these people, or you granted. Strache did not respond to a request for comment. Of Gudenus was initially no comment.

The Prosecutor's office in Vienna, said that to check the reports. Then will decided whether it is sufficient to initiate an investigation, a spokeswoman said. (sda)

Created: 18.05.2019, 07:10 PM

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