WORLD Austria's lower house of parliament passes no-confidence vote against Kurz and his cabinet

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Austria's lower house of parliament passes no-confidence vote against Kurz and his cabinet

Xinhua

22:25, May 27, 2019

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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. 

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