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"The Alliance for Austria": Vienna FPÖ splits because of Heinz-Christian Strache


Three members of parliament of the FPÖ left their group and founded a new one. They want the former FPÖ boss Heinz-Christian Strache as a top candidate.

In the Austrian province of Vienna, a new political movement hopes for a comeback of former FPÖ leader Heinz-Christian Strache in their ranks. The aim of "The Alliance for Austria" (DAÖ) is to win Strache as a leading candidate for the Vienna 2020 election. That said spokesman Karl Baron on Thursday in the Austrian capital.

The DAÖ is a spin-off of the Vienna FPÖ, which was initiated by three local councils. They wanted to convince the ex-vice-chancellor Strache, who had fallen over the Ibiza video, of a change of party and had already been in contact with him. In addition, Strache could move up if Baron should renounce his mandate in the Vienna City Parliament. Baron, who is considered confidant Straches, did not rule out such a change.

In Austria, Straches was again and again speculated on a comeback even before the state elections in Vienna in the coming year. The 50-year-old retired from politics on October 1 after showing up in recordings of a conversation with a supposed Russian oligarchs niece on Ibiza. Then broke the governing coalition of ÖVP and FPÖ. In addition, is being investigated against Strache, because he could have embezzled party files. He himself denies that.

Both scandals are seen in the FPÖ as reasons for the recent poor election results. Strache is currently running a party expulsion case.

Source: zeit

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