07:35 GMT26 October 2020
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    All of the Austrian Freedom Party's (FPO) ministers earlier left the right-wing government after Chancellor Sebastian Kurz suggested sacking Interior Minister Herbert Kickl amid a video scandal, involving FPO Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache.

    The Austrian parliament will vote on a no confidence motion brought by the opposition against chancellor Sebastian Kurz on Monday, 27 May, President of the Austrian National Council Wolfgang Sobotka said Tuesday, according to the focus.de portal.

    In the meantime, Former Interior Minister Herbert Kickl told online outlet Oe24 that if there was a no confidence vote, the FPO would withdraw support for Kurz.

    READ MORE: Austrian Prosecution Sees No Reasons to Launch Probe Into Strache Video Scandal

    "It would now be almost naive of Kurz to assume that, following Kurz's lack of trust in us, we at the Freedom Party would not have any mistrust in him. When the special session of the parliament takes place — those who give trust receive trust. Those who give mistrust, get mistrust", Kickl said according to Oe24.

    The coalition between Kurz's Austrian People's Party and the FPO crumbled after on Friday media reported, citing a video recording taken during a July 2017 meeting in Ibiza, Spain, that a woman offered Strache to give the FPO money, while he reportedly offered her government construction contracts in return.

    The politician later stated that the woman was a Russian-speaking Latvian citizen, adding that the whole conversation was a trap.

    Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen, in the meantime, has called for snap parliamentary elections in the beginning of September to avoid a crisis.


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