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Austrian Vice Chancellor To Resign From Political Positions, May 15

Vienna –  Austria’s Vice Chancellor and leader of the People’s Party, Reinhold Mitterlehner, on Wednesday announced he would resign from all political positions from May 15.

“It’s enough,’’ he told journalists at a news conference in Vienna.

He said that he made his decision having failed to quell in fighting and speculation about the party’s leadership in the future.

The conservative People’s Party is currently in a coalition with the centre-left Social Democratic Party of Austria in parliament.

He said the decision to quit all forms of politics was made for both “self protection” as well as for the protection of his family.

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He cited developments during the “past months and particularly the past few days,” as the main reason for his move.

Mitterlehner, however, said he saw no point in the recent events that occurred within the struggling coalition.

Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern said he regretted Mitterlehner’s decision but understood and accepted reasons given by Mitterlehner.

The young Foreign Minister, Sebastian Kurz, is under pressure to take over as head of the party.

However, Kurz recently declared that he did not want to take over the party.

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