Austria calls early elections for 15 October

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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