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Austrian conservatives pick Foreign Minister Kurz as leader
May 14, 2017 / 5:41 PM / 4 months ago

Austrian conservatives pick Foreign Minister Kurz as leader

VIENNA, May 14 (Reuters) - The leadership of Austria’s conservative People’s Party, the junior party in the country’s coalition government, has appointed Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz as its new head, Kurz told a news conference on Sunday.

Kurz, 30, is widely seen as the party’s best chance of boosting its ratings and surpassing the far-right Freedom Party, which is running first in opinion polls, followed by Chancellor Christian Kern’s Social Democrats. He has already called for a snap parliamentary election, which Kern has said is now inevitable. (Reporting by Francois Murphy; Editing by Keith Weir)

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