Unless the government negotiations last unusually long, he will be the shortest-serving chancellor since 1945.
Kern came into office at exactly 50 – and at 51 he will most likely leave it. If the government negotiations do not take an unusually long time, he will become the shortest-serving chancellor since 1945. Only on April 9, 2018 would he be one day longer in the Chancellery than party colleague Alfred Gusenbauer (SPÖ), who surprisingly won first place for the SPÖ in 2006, but Just one year and eleven months after Werner Faymann was sworn in, he had to give way. And for half a year there has never been a struggle for the next government in Austria.
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+++ 1:06 p.m.: Düringer hopes to jump the one percent hurdle +++
The federal party chairman announces his resignation – and from tomorrow he will appear as « The Chancellor ». The opponents of the system have achieved their election goal, but the « system » has impressively demonstrated its power. The figurehead of the project is decidedly relaxed – and still looks forward to Thursday. On the morning after the election, the situation on the GILT list was contradictory.
No, Roland Düringer resists the temptation to order « a little black guy » for the APA interview and prefers to drink tea. Wait and drink tea until the official final result is announced. If GILT manages (without postal voting and voting cards currently at 0.92 percent) over the one percent hurdle, there is party funding (formerly: reimbursement of election campaign costs). « Then we can repay their money to those who have given us a loan, » says the cabaret artist, who himself put out 500 euros on his list. The predominantly Facebook-based election campaign cost around 120,000 euros.
If you stay below one percent, the GILT list will be closed as soon as possible. If you make it over, the list as a party has to continue at least for the time being. Then it would even be conceivable for Düringer that someone else would take care of the democratic-political self-empowerment project he initiated and continue it. Düringer is not dissatisfied with the election result. « How do I turn invalid votes into valid ones? That was our claim. And we succeeded in at least half of it. »
+++ 12:57 p.m.: NEOS set a further timetable +++
The NEOS have set the further timetable. General Secretary Nikola Donig told the APA after the board meeting on Monday that a decision should be made within the next ten days about running for the upcoming state elections. A club retreat is planned for mid-November, and a general meeting will take place at the end of the month.
The NEOS sat together for around three hours on Monday to analyze the election result, which was acceptable for them. It was said that this will still be a topic at meetings in the coming days.help me There was no decision on whether the current Vienna club boss Beate Meinl-Reisinger will actually switch to the National Council. There were also no personnel discussions at the meeting on Monday.
An acute topic for NEOS, however, is running for the upcoming state elections. Elections will take place next year in Tyrol, Carinthia, Lower Austria and Salzburg. This is supported by the fact that there was a slight increase in the National Council election in these countries. This could also be decided by the enlarged board of NEOS, which will meet on October 26th and 27th – five years after the party was founded.
More about it here.
+++ 12:46 p.m.: Juncker wants a « stable pro-European government » +++
EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker wants a « stable pro-European government » after the elections in Austria. A spokesman said on Monday in Brussels that Juncker had already had contact with the possible new Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP).
The President of the Commission raised three points in a letter of congratulations to Kurz. First of all, congratulations to Kurz for his election success. Second, the hint that Austria will soon take over the EU Council Presidency and will play an important role in shaping many important matters for the future of Europe. Thirdly, Juncker Kurz wished « every success in the formation of a stable pro-European government ».
+++ 12:45 p.m. Numerous changes in the SPÖ +++
Numerous changes take place after the National Council election in the SPÖ parliamentary club, and not only because a large group of MPs no longer stood for election. According to the current status, education spokesperson Elisabeth Grossmann, pro-ge boss Rainer Wimmer, federal managing director Christoph Matznetter and the chairwoman of the young generation Katharina Kucharowits are leaving the National Council.
According to reports, the former club boss Josef Cap, whose preferential voting campaign is likely to have failed, may not have made it either. For him, this means saying goodbye to the House after 34 years. Former Defense Minister Gerald Klug is gone.
There are tons of new faces, but few celebrities. Former Provincial Councilor Maurice Androsch comes from Lower Austria, also the former SJ boss Andreas Kollroß, today mayor of Trumau and provincial manager Robert Laimer. A young star, the mayor of Altmünster Elisabeth Feichtinger from Upper Austria, just made it. Vorarlberg sends regional managing director Reinhold Einwallner, Tyrol among other things women’s boss Selma Yildirim. New from Styria is Verena Nussbaum, a district nurse.
In addition to Chancellor Christian Kern, Defense Minister Hans Peter Doskozil, Infrastructure Minister Jörg Leichtfried, Social Affairs Minister Alois Stöger and State Secretary Muna Duzdar are likely to accept their mandates from the previous members of the government. If, for example, Chancellery Minister Thomas Drozda waives, the former Federal Council President Mario Lindner would move up. It is uncertain whether the resigned Federal Managing Director Georg Niedermühlbichler will take his seat. If not, ÖGB women boss Renate Anderl would have a chance.
+++ 12:33 p.m.: Blimlinger calls for the resignation of the Green Federal Executive +++
The Green District Chairman of Vienna-Neubau, the most important stronghold of the Vienna Greens, Thomas Blimlinger, calls for the resignation of the Federal Executive Committee as a consequence of the election result. In his opinion, the reasons for the fall of the Greens cannot be seen solely in the events of the past few months, but can also be traced back to longstanding mistakes by the federal party.
« Parts of the cause are not new, but mistakes have been made in the last ten or twelve years, » said the long-time district chief, who will be stepping down from office at the end of November, in an interview with the APA on Monday. He has been there since the beginning of the Green Movement. « They were new then. Now the Greens are a perfectly normal party that has nothing new about it. »
In his opinion, the federal board must now resign. « Somebody has to take responsibility. » This lies with the party executive committee, which includes party leader Ingrid Felipe and eleven members. The party must open up to the outside, demanded Blimlinger. He did not want to name any names, but there are « enough people from the outside, professionals from agencies, people who have a positive attitude towards us » who can be included.
+++ 12:20 p.m.: SPÖ mostly for negotiations +++
The SPÖ Presidium spoke out on Monday in favor of coalition negotiations with the ÖVP and the FPÖ. However, according to reports, there was strong resistance, especially from the Viennese representatives Michael Häupl and Renate Brauner. The western federal states of Tyrol and Vorarlberg should also be skeptical of such negotiations.
A formal resolution should not be given until the board meeting that started on Monday at noon.
+++ 12:19 p.m.: CSU relies on « Federal Chancellor Kurz as an ally » +++
The Bavarian CSU reacted with joy to the election victory of the ÖVP and its chairman Sebastian Kurz. The success of the ÖVP has shown that one can win in the « center and center-right » elections, said CSU General Secretary Andreas Scheuer on the sidelines of a party board meeting on Monday in Munich.
Bavaria and Germany needed a « Federal Chancellor Kurz as an ally » in Europe because the immigration issues had not yet been resolved, said Scheuer.
Scheuer added that Kurz had shown himself to be a « good partner » as Foreign Minister, particularly in closing the Balkan refugee route. Briefly pursued « solid craft policy for Europe ». The new German federal government must keep in close contact with Vienna in order to meet the challenges.
The CSU General Secretary certified that former SPÖ Chancellor Werner Faymann had an « original error » in refugee policy. This consisted in making Austria a transit country for immigration to Germany.
+++ 11:42 a.m.: Government education brief on Friday at the earliest +++
After the election is before the formation of a government. Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen will probably give the order for this to election winner Sebastian Kurz on Friday at the earliest after the final result including postal vote has been received (ÖVP). The formation of a government in the 2nd Republic took an average of 60 days, but in the previous elections it took longer before Austria had a new government.
After his election victory, the ÖVP boss did not let himself look into the cards how he wanted to create the government. It is now the Federal President’s turn first, after which he will hold talks with all parties represented in parliament before concrete coalition negotiations begin, said Kurz. Van der Bellen undersigned announced that he would commission Kurz with the formation of a future federal government if – as can be assumed – nothing changes on Monday or Thursday on the election winner with the counting of the postal vote and voting cards.
More about the schedule after the election here.
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+++ 11:38 am: Vienna Green Spokesman: « A lot has to change » +++
After the disaster in the National Council election, the Vienna Greens are calling for a kind of restart for the federal party. « It is hopefully clear to everyone that it cannot go on like this, » said state spokesman Joachim Kovacs in an APA meeting on Monday: « A lot has to change, » he called for « content and, in certain areas, perhaps also personnel changes ».
Specifically, on the question of whether party leader Ingrid Felipe should resign, Kovacs did not want to comment. At the moment, he doesn’t want to say anything about personnel, that must first be clarified internally. But in any case, a « spirit of optimism » broke out, because one would probably not get many more opportunities to « pull the cart out of the mud ».
In the cause analysis, the state spokesman was rather reluctant. Just this much: « If you lose more than two thirds of the voters, it doesn’t have one or two reasons, but a series of reasons ». One now has to analyze this « catastrophe » in detail and draw the right conclusions from it: « It will take a show of strength. » You now have to work together on how to come back stronger.
+++ 11:30 am: Tyrolean Greens want to « relentlessly analyze » the result +++
The Tyrolean Greens want to « ruthlessly analyze » the result. At the end of the process it should be decided whether or which personnel decisions should follow, said Thimo Fiesel, managing director of the Tyrolean Greens.
« At the moment we are still trembling and are hoping for the minimal chance of making the move after all, » said Fiesel, but at the same time admitted that « there is not much hope left ». In any case, it is now « far too early » to think about personnel decisions.
With regard to the threatened tight financial situation of the federal party in the event of non-collection and the associated loss of party funding, Fiesel said: « Now it’s time to stand together! » And one will in any case look internally for a « solidary solution ».
+++ 11:20 am: 2.1 percent for ten « others » together +++
In the three-way race between the SPÖ, ÖVP and FPÖ there was little space for other parties on Sunday. NEOS and Liste Pilz were able to hold their own, but the Greens will most likely have to leave the National Council 31 years after moving in. And only 2.1 percent voted for ten other parties together – including well-known actors such as Roland Düringer and Karl Schnell.
The cabaret artist Düringer had hoped that his GILT list would reach those eligible to vote who were fed up with conventional politics. However, yesterday, Sunday, that was less than usual (the participation will be higher than before after the postal vote count) – and GILT was only ticked around 40,000 times (according to the preliminary final result), which made up 0.9 percent.
That was the best result of the « others ». It didn’t help the KPÖ that it ran with the Young Greens this year, it slipped back below the one percent mark with a little more than 30,000 votes and 0.7 percent.
Two new small parties that ran across Austria only inspired around 7,700 voters each. This also includes the Free List Austria, with which its founder Karl Schnell wanted to compete with his old party, the FPÖ – for which he had also brought in the long-time FPÖ politician Barbara Rosenkranz and some Team Stronach people. The plan didn’t work out, however, only 0.2 percent voted for the FLÖ – and just as much achieved the « whites », who, as the citizens’ movement for direct democracy (supported by ex-Team Stronach MPs), had relied on the politically frustrated.
The Vorarlberg Chamber of Labor faction New Movement for the Future (NBZ), founded by migrants, found comparatively great popularity: It received 2,600 votes in Vorarlberg alone (only there was it possible to run for candidacy). Across Austria, of course, that was only 0.06 percent. The other parties only competing in one or two countries (SLP, EUAUS, Men’s Party, CPÖ and ODP) won only 183 to 661 votes (that was 0.00 to 0.02 percent).
+++ 11:11 am: Mushroom Club: Green-dominated +++
Almost half of the Mushroom List’s parliamentary club is from the Greens. In addition to the founder Peter Pilz, Bruno Rossmann and Wolfgang Zinggl also made it into the National Council again, ironically after they had failed to draw up lists with the Greens. In addition, Pilz’s lawyer and donor Alfred Noll is coming to Parliament for the first time.
Daniela Holzinger was already represented in the National Council, but in the SPÖ club until the summer. Stephanie Cox and Alma Zadic are joining the team. The club will be completed by consumer advocate Peter Kolba, if you stick to the list and preferential votes do not result in anything else. The prominent natural scientist Renee Schroeder and the former initiator of the women’s popular initiative Maria Stern would have failed.