Austrian government for videos Strache in crisis

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NAfter the resignation of the vice chancellor and the leader of the FPÖ Heinz-Christian Strache, Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) wants to talk Saturday night about the future of the governing coalition. A statement from the Federal Chancellery will be shortly at 7.45 pm, a spokesman for the Chancellery said Saturday afternoon. Subsequently, President Alexander Van der Bellen also wants to address the public. The actual appointment for the first afternoon appointment had been postponed again and again.

It has been assumed that this has to do with the fact that it has been done against the background of the post of interior minister. According to the APA agency and the "Kurier", ÖVP should have subordinated the continuation of the coalition to the resignation of Herbert Kickl. However, the FPÖ does not want to sacrifice its interior minister to maintain the coalition, he reported the agency, citing FPÖ circles. This would almost certainly make a new election in Austria.

After Strache's resignation of all political offices, it is a question of whether the conservative ÖVP continues the coalition with the right-wing populist FPÖ or seeks a new election. Even a minority government seems conceivable.

"It was a mistake"

The trigger for the government crisis is a controversial video that was secretly recorded in Ibiza in 2017. The video leaked to "Spiegel" and the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" shows how Strache of an alleged Russian oligarchy promised lucrative public contracts if he supported the FPÖ in the electoral campaign.

Strache admitted to serious conduct on Saturday at a press conference. "It was stupid, it was irresponsible and it was a mistake." His confidant Johann Gudenus, who also participated in the 2017 meeting in Ibiza, also announced his resignation from all seats on Saturday, according to the ORF.

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