VIENNA (Sputnik) — On Wednesday, Austrian Vice-Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner, who was also the country's economy minister and chairman of the Austrian People's Party (OVP), announced his resignation from all posts. The party's meeting to appoint the new leader was held earlier in the day.
"I was unanimously elected leader of the Austrian People's Party," Kurz told reporters.
Earlier this week, Kurz called for snap parliamentarian elections and suggested holding elections on the same day when Germany is going to elect a new parliament, i.e. on September 24, 2017. The minister also declined the chancellor's proposal to let the coalition work further in order to implement reforms in the country.