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Austria to start election in September




(MENAFN) Austrian president has commanded a new election be held in early September, saying he wants to regain trust in the government after a video scandal led to the resignation of the vice chancellor.

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz annulled the coalition and called for a snap election on Saturday after his deputy, Heinz-Christian Strache, the leader of the far-right Freedom Party, quit over a video showed him discussing fixing state contracts in return for favours.

The president said that it is most important that Austrians are given the chance of a new start to rebuild trust in its government.

"This new beginning should take place quickly, as quickly as the provisions of the Federal Constitution permit, so I plead for elections ... in September, if possible at the beginning of September," he added.

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Austria to start election in September

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