Austria’s Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz called yesterday for snap elections after Vice Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner’s resignation from his posts, including leader of the People’s Party (OVP).
Kurz is expected to be elected the new leader of the OVP tomorrow on a platform of radical change in the economic and immigration policies.
With the retirement of powerful federal state governors, including Josef Proll and Joseph Puhringer, opposition to Kurz and reform in the OVP has been weakened.
A poll by Oesterreich carried put support for the OVP with Kurz as its leader at 35 percent, 15 per cent higher than under Mitterlehner.
Kurz has said he is open to forming a coalition with the FPO, currently running first in opinion polls, closely followed by Chancellor Christian Kern’s Social Democrats.
Kurz played a key role in closing the Balkan route last year to a surge of migrants.
Meanwhile, Kern has said that he will try to continue with a minority government.