May 21, 2019 / 3:32 PM / a month ago

Austrian president to address the nation at 1745 GMT

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen will address the nation on Tuesday night, his office said, an extraordinary step at a time when it is unclear who will govern the country in the months leading up to early elections.

The president’s move comes after all far-right Freedom Party ministers quit the coalition government and opposition parties have threatened to put forward a motion of no confidence in Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.

Reporting by Kirsti Knolle; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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