Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz faces a vote of no-confidence brought by the opposition Jetzt party in the lower house of the country’s parliament in Vienna on Monday May 27, after Austria’s far-right Freedom Party (FPO) withdrew all its ministers from the coalition government.

Following the collapse of his coalition Kurz is now leading a minority caretaker government pending new elections that are expected to take place in September.

The FPO have already indicated that they are unlikely to support Kurz in the no confidence vote, meaning that the survival of Kurz’s chancellorship could well rest in the hands of the opposition centre-left Social Democrats (SPO).

Last week, Austrian Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache resigned after footage emerged of him apparently offering contracts in exchange for support in the 2017 electoral campaign.​

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