07:35 GMT18 May 2021
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    Austrian chancellor and ruling Social-Democratic party leader Werner Faymann announced his resignation from both posts in an afternoon appearance broadcast live on the Austrian Federal Chancellery website.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Austrian Chancellor and ruling Social-Democratic party (SPO) leader Werner Faymann resigned on Monday from both posts, local media reported.

    Faymann announced his resignation in an afternoon appearance broadcast live on the Austrian Federal Chancellery website.

    "I am giving up my role as party chief and federal chancellor," Faymann said as he wrapped up a statement on the party’s future and his 7.5-year term at the helm of the Austrian government, according to Austria’s Heute daily.

    "I am firmly convinced that this country will be able to cope with its future," Faymann said. "We are a country that I have been honored to serve. Goodbye."

    The 55-year-old explained at a press briefing in Vienna that he had lost support of his party, SPO. He had been facing calls for resignation ever since the defeat of his party candidate in the first round of presidential elections on April 24. The runoff is scheduled for May 22.


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