Austria's new coalition gov't sworn in

VIENNA, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- Austria's new coalition government was sworn in by President Alexander Van der Bellen at the presidential residence of Hofburg Palace on Tuesday.


Austria's President Alexander van der Bellen (L) talks to Austria's designated Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (2nd L), the leader of the Austrian Green party Werner Kogler (3rd L) and members of the incoming cabinet during a swearing-in ceremony of their new coalition government on January 7, 2020 at the President's office in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by AFP)

The new government is the first conservative-green coalition in Austria and the first majority-female cabinet. And its Chancellor Sebastian Kurz of the People's Party (OVP) is still by far the world's youngest head of government at the beginning of his second term at 33.

The OVP has 10 ministers in the new coalition, while the Greens have five with its party chief Werner Kogler, 58, taking on the vice-chancellor post.

The OVP ministers are responsible for areas such as education, economy, finance, integration, agriculture, tourism, internal affairs, defense, Europe and family. 

The Greens are leading the ministries responsible for justice, social security, environment and infrastructure, sports, art and culture.

Independent politician and career diplomat Alexander Schallenberg serves as Minister of Foreign Affairs. He is the only one of the transitional government to remain in office.

The public now expects the new government to begin work quickly, said President Van der Bellen.

He wished that the colors of this government were "red-white-red", which are the colors of the Austrian national flag. That also means strengthening the common ground, promoting fundamental and freedom rights and also thinking about future generations, he said.