On 10 May 2017 Vice Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner announced he was standing down from the government and the ÖVP leadership with effect from 15 May, due to infighting in the coalition and the party. Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz succeeded as party leader, but refused Kern’s offer of the vice chancellorship, instead opting for early elections, which were approved for 15 October by Parliament on 17 May.
After the resignation of the vice chancellor and minister of science, research and economy took effect, the ÖVP-chosen independent justice minister was appointed as vice chancellor and the state secretary at the science, research and economy ministry was promoted to full minister, with the post of state secretary to remain vacant until after the elections.
* = new minister † = change of position
|Christian KERN (SPÖ)||Federal Chancellor|
|† Wolfgang BRANDSTETTER (ind, nominated by the ÖVP)||Vice Chancellor; Federal Minister for Justice|
|Sebastian KURZ (ÖVP)||Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs|
|Hans Peter DOSKOZIL (SPÖ)||Defence and Sports|
|Andrä RUPPRECHTER (ÖVP)||Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management|
|Johann Georg SCHELLING (ÖVP)||Finance|
|Sonja HAMMERSCHMID (f) (SPÖ)||Education and Women’s Affairs|
|Jörg LEICHTFRIED (SPÖ)||Transport, Innovation and Technology|
|Wolfgang SOBOTKA (ÖVP)||Interior|
|* Harald MAHRER (ÖVP)||Science, Research and Economy|
|Alois STÖGER (SPÖ)||Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection; Health (acting)|
|Thomas DROZDA (SPÖ)||Arts and Culture, Constitution and Media (in the Federal Chancellery)|
|Sophie KARMASIN (f) (ind, nominated by the ÖVP)||Family and Youth|
|* (vacant)||State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Science, Research and Economy|
|Muna DUZDAR (SPÖ)||State Secretary in the Federal Chancellery|
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