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    Austrian Chancellor Endorses Justice Minister as Vice-Chancellor Candidate

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    Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern said Tuesday that he supported the candidacy of Justice Minister Wolfgang Brandstetter for the position of vice-chancellor following Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz's refusal to take the post.

    VIENNA (Sputnik) — The position of Austrian vice-chancellor has officially been vacant since Monday after the resignation of Reinhold Mitterlehner's on Wednesday. The now former vice-chancellor also resigned from his positions as economy minister and chairman of the Austrian People's Party (OVP).

    "Obviously, I would gladly accept Wolfgang Brandstetter as such," Kern told the parliament.

    Parliamentary snap elections in Austria, which were initially scheduled for 2018, may move up to autumn 2017, Kern said, adding that the date for election day is still the subject of negotiations between coalition partners.

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