May 18, 2019

THE TIGHTENING NOOSE:

Austrian leader calls for snap election amid video scandal (DAVID MCHUGH and KAMILA JAFARU, 5/18/19, AP) 

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz called for an early election after his vice chancellor resigned Saturday over a covertly shot video that showed him apparently promising government contracts to a purported Russian investor.

Kurz said he would ask President Alexander Van der Bellen to set a date for a new election "as soon as possible."

Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache resigned after two German publications, the daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung and the weekly Der Spiegel, on Friday published extracts of a covert video purportedly showing Strache offering Austrian government contracts to a Russian woman who was allegedly interested in investing large amounts of money in Austria.

Posted by at May 18, 2019 6:03 PM

  

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