Chancellor Faymann Resigns

PeoplePoliticians ♦ Published: May 9, 2016; 15:30 ♦ (Vindobona)

Werner Faymann has been Chancellor of Austria and chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ) since 2008. Today he announced that he will retire from all of his posts in the coming days. He resigned arguing that the reason is the loss of the support of his own party in the wake of last month's presidential elections.

Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann resigns / Picture: © Flickr / Werner Faymann, Thomas Jantzen

Faymann said at a news conference that Austria needed a chancellor who had his party "fully behind him".

Deputy Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner, who sees no need for fresh elections is to take over as chancellor on an interim basis.

In his resignation statement on Monday morning, which was no surprise to insiders, Mr. Faymann called for the government to make a…

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