5/16 Austria sets a date for its snap election

Edited by walterp on . Posted in News In Brief

Austria’s snap election will be on October 15th, party chiefs agreed on Tuesday after the centrist coalition collapsed, the Austria Press Agency reported. The vote could see the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ), whose candidate narrowly failed to be elected president in December, enter government. The coalition between Chancellor Christian Kern’s Social Democrats (SPÖ) and the People’s Party (ÖVP) was meant to govern until 2018. But after months of bickering, the centre-right OeVP on Sunday appointed a new chief, Sebastian Kurz, who called for early elections.  

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