After his exclusion from the FPÖ as a result of the Ibiza affair, Heinz-Christian Strache apparently now wants to run for the Vienna state election in autumn. "There will be a fresh start with me," said Strache at an event organized by the Allianz for Austria (DAÖ) party. This new right-wing party was founded in December by three former FPÖ MPs from Vienna. The party announced earlier that it would use Strache as the top candidate in the state elections in Vienna and, above all, that it would seek the votes of the FPÖ. Strache called the DAÖ a first nucleus for the new citizens' movement, which he will only present in detail in a few weeks.
There has long been speculation about Strache's candidacy in the Vienna state election. However, after the Ibiza affair, the 50-year-old announced that he wanted to draw a line under his political career. The FPÖ had excluded him from the party after the Ibiza video and an expense affair. "The more they attacked and persecuted me, the more mature the decision was to get back into the ring for the Austrians," said Strache at the end of his one-hour speech. In the coming weeks he will then give details of his start.
Strache, who was also Vice-Chancellor in the previous government in a coalition with the conservative ÖVP, resigned from all political functions in May after the publication of an incriminating video about him. The video recorded in Ibiza shows how he promised government contracts in return for campaign aid to an alleged Russian oligarch before the 2017 general election. The affair also led to a break in the entire government and new elections. After winning the parliamentary election in autumn, the ÖVP has ruled with the Greens since December.
The specific date for the Vienna election in autumn has not yet been determined. The 4th October is the agreed date. A coalition of Social Democrats (SPÖ) and the Greens has ruled in the Austrian capital since the last election in 2015. The FPÖ had grown strongly and clearly came in second. The post of mayor has always been in the hands of the SPÖ since 1945.