Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz leaves after delivering a statement after the swearing-in ceremony of the new ministers in Vienna, Austria May 22, 2019. (Photo: VCG)
VIENNA, May 27 (Xinhua) -- Lawmakers in the Austria's lower house of parliament, the National Council, on Monday approved the motion of no confidence against Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and his cabinet.
The right-wing populist party Freedom Party (FPO) supported the no confidence motion proposed by the Social Democratic Party (SPO).
Kurz is the first chancellor to be toppled by no-confidence vote in parliament in Austria's post-world war history.
The motion against Kurz is a result of the government crisis which started on May 17 with the so-called Ibiza video. The secretly produced recording shows that former Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache, who was also the former leader of FPO, talked to a supposed Russian investor about lucrative infrastructure contracts.