Austria Elections Shock: Coalition Ruling How? Öxit?

An election crisis hits Austria as the previous Chancellor has been forced to resign. Austria’s coalition government fell apart following the resignation of Chancellor Werner Faymann (SPÖ), who stepped down after he was implicated…

Austria Elections Shock: Coalition Ruling How? Öxit?

An election crisis hits Austria as the previous Chancellor has been forced to resign.

Austria’s coalition government fell apart following the resignation of Chancellor Werner Faymann (SPÖ), who stepped down after he was implicated in a WikiLeaks email exchange with an Iranian politician.

Faymann allegedly asked the politician, Ramin Dolgin, to block an investigation into former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s use of Austrian citizenship. Dolgin has been charged with tax evasion and money laundering and his legal team says he is the victim of a plot, saying the email was part of a smear campaign.

Faymann was accused of compromising Austria’s relations with the United States by seeking to block a criminal investigation that targeted Ahmadinejad. Austria gave Ahmadinejad asylum in 2006 and once he attained Austrian citizenship, he could have escaped prosecution in Iran.

A call from Austria’s supreme leader for “justice to be done” against Erdo

tashinyan, a senior member of the conservative People’s Party, forced the resignation of Faymann, whose SÖ had built a coalition with the far-right anti-immigration party Freedom Party (FPÖ) late last year.

The Justice Minister Wolfgang Sobotka gave early reports of the email correspondence, saying “with what we have seen, the Greens did put aside the relationship with the United States for a ‘transpartisan dialogue’ with Iran.”

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tashinyan, a senior member of the conservative People’s Party, forced the resignation of Faymann, whose SÖ had built a coalition with the far-right anti-immigration party Freedom Party (FPÖ) late last year.

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tashinyan, a senior member of the conservative People’s Party, forced the resignation of Faymann, whose SÖ had built a coalition with the far-right anti-immigration party Freedom Party (FPÖ) late last year.

“I think that the statement of Sobotka directly to a party colleague is proof that in high-level proceedings lies power. In his statement he is not able to avoid direct interfering in internal affairs of the government. This makes me incredibly bitter and frustrated to see our credibility devastated in such a way,” Dolgin said.

Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, the young politician from the hard-right party, says he is ready to form a new government with the Freedom Party.

Austria had been in limbo since July when FPÖ’s co-leader Heinz-Christian Strache resigned as part of a ruling coalition agreement that also included SÖ.

Instead of going with the coalition agreement Kurz formed a minority government with the Greens, forming a government with a 15-seat majority.

Austria will hold elections in June, but since the votes have not yet been counted the results of recent elections in the German state of Bavaria in October are not being included in the upcoming national election.

If the result of Bavaria’s elections is included, it would render the Austrian parliament a permanent minority government able to form a government on its own.

Ivan Nechepurenko is a Fox News consultant and producer based in Moscow.

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