‘Why extend vote against me to entire government?’ Austria’s Kurz asks parliament

Outgoing Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has hit out at his political rivals for toppling his authorities with a no confidence movement, which handed regardless of his celebration’s runaway success within the European Parliament elections.

“I can understand the feeling of revenge, the wish to put yourself in a better position for the election,” Kurz mentioned in parliament on Monday. “But what I really can’t perceive is that this vote of no confidence against me is now being prolonged to the entire authorities.”

Kurz’ Austrian People’s Party (OVP) misplaced a no confidence vote within the Austrian parliament earlier on Monday. The vote was introduced by the left-wing Social Democrats (SPO), and supported by the OVP’s former coalition companions – the right-wing Freedom Party (FPO), indignant at Kurz for sacking their inside minister after the tapes scandal.

Kurz could also be proper a few vote not being within the public’s curiosity. Despite the left and proper teaming up to convey down his authorities, Kurz’s OVP delivered a knockout efficiency within the weekend’s European Parliament elections, taking 35 p.c of the vote to emerge because the nation’s prime celebration. The SPO took 23 p.c, whereas the FPO took 17.

“I’m almost speechless,” Kurz advised supporters in Vienna on Sunday. ‘We achieved the most effective results of all time, and the most important distance from second place of all time. It is just unbelievable.”

Across Europe, the outcomes had been comparable. Nationalist and anti-establishment events like Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party within the UK and Marine Le Pen’s National Rally in France recorded document successes, knocking the center-right EPP and center-left S&D blocs from their mixed majority within the parliament.

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