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The political intrigue that axed Austria's leader

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The political intrigue that axed Austria's leader

The political intrigue that axed Austria's leader

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has suffered a no-confidence vote in parliament and will be forced to resign.

How it came to this involves a web of alliances and an alleged corruption sting against another party's leader.

Matthew Larotonda reports.

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The political intrigue that axed Austria's leader

Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is being forced to resign after his administration suffered a vote of no-confidence in parliament on Monday (May 27).

It's an especially sour note for his conservative party.

Only a day earlier voters had given them a majority in the EU election, and Kurz' fall is the biggest casualty in a feud with the far-right party that kept his coalition government in power.

It was only this month that this two-year-old undercover video surfaced featuring Kurz' former vice chancellor, the leader of the far-right Freedom Party Heinz-Christian Strache.

The apparent corruption sting pinned Strache with discussing how to fix government contracts to curry political and financial favor.

Strache's resignation, and Kurz' decision to scrap his alliance with the Freedom Party, brought Austria to this point.

The Freedom Party, though, accused Kurz of scapegoating the entire group as part of a power grab on one of the country's security services they had sway over.

And, other opposition parties say that because Kurz was at the top of the political alliance, and he was partly responsible for the far-right's position of power, that he should share in the blame for this crisis.

It's not yet clear who will replace Kurz but regardless, he may be back soon.

New elections are expected in September that could return him to power.

As for Strache the disgraced vice chancellor: who filmed that undercover video, and why they waited two years to release it, is still unknown.




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