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.
The trusted longtime strider Straches and current leader of the FPÖ in the National Council said he deeply regretted "the past two years". Strache had previously confessed to the press conference his misconduct in the "Drunken Gunichte" and had apologized, even to his wife, for his behavior. At the same time, however, he spoke of a "deliberate political murder" and a "secret staged Lockfalle", with which someone wanted to take him on the case.
What role does Böhmermann play?
Strache called for "the release of all the video material" and announced that he would take advantage of all the media and criminal means in view of this "dirty bucket action". Also from Jan Böhmermann Strache asked for clarifications. Previously it was reported that the recordings of the Ibiza meeting had also been offered to the German satirist.
The presenter ZDF Böhmermann had twice before publication of the video alluded to his presence. When he received the Austrian television prize Romy a few weeks ago, in April, he said in a video message that he could not accept the prize in person because he was "just baking more or less and filling Red Bull with some friends of FPÖ in a villa of the Russian oligarchs in Ibiza. "
Negotiate how you can take the "Kronen Zeitung" but should not talk about it. In his program "Neo Magazin Royale" Böhmermann had said Thursday: "Perhaps Austria is burning tomorrow".
That Böhmermann knew the video confirmed his manager Peter Burtz on Saturday in front of the German news agency. He denied, however, that the recordings were offered to the satirist. Since they had not been offered, he had not refused them.
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