In Austria the scandal surrounding retired Vice-Chancellor and leader of the Austrian freedom party of Heinz-Christian strache on Monday, may 20, led to the collapse of the ruling coalition of right and extreme right. In the evening the Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced the resignation of the interior Minister Herbert Cycle, representative of the Austrian freedom party (fpö) in the office. After him the government had left all the right-wing Ministers.
Heinz-Christian strache went into retirement on Saturday after the publication in the German press of the video it talks about getting money from a woman who introduced herself as Alena Makarova, “the niece of Igor Makarov, the Russian oligarch close to Putin.” In the video, told reporters that she was ready unnamed Russians to Finance the election campaign strache in exchange for the acquisition of the newspaper Kronen Zeitung and government contracts in the construction industry. The video was made before the parliamentary elections of 2017.
Scandal “Ibiza-gate” (named after the meeting place strache with the unknown woman) forced the President of Austria Alexander van der Bell to make a proposal about the holding of early parliamentary elections already in September (the planned elections scheduled for 2022).
The Russian billionaire, President of the international group of companies “Areti” Igor Makarov said Forbes that he has no family ties and not familiar with the woman who was captured on video along the former Austrian Vice-Chancellor strache.
Russia has no relation to the Austrian scandal strache, said may 20, the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov. “It does not belong to the Russian Federation, nor to the President nor to the government. We don’t know for sure who this woman is, whether the Russian she Russian woman whether she is, so this is a story that has not and may not have to do with us”, — said Peskov reporters.
May 20, the ruling coalition of conservatives, Chancellor of the Kurtz and the extreme right, created in December 2017, has virtually collapsed. The head of the government demanded the resignation of Minister of internal Affairs from the Austrian freedom party Herbert Cycle. According to the Chancellor, the interior Minister cannot oversee the investigation of the scandal, the center of which was his former party chief. “It is clear that Mr. Cikl can’t conduct an investigation against himself” — quoted by France-Presse the words of Sebastian Kurz. The Austrian freedom party said that in case of dismissal Cycle all far-right Ministers out of the government. This was reported by Minister of transport Norbert Hofer, who headed the party after the scandalous resignation of the Vice-Chancellor strache.
On Monday night, Sebastian Kurz announced at a press conference that “in agreement with the President of the Republic, he offered the President to dismiss the Minister of internal Affairs” Herbert Cycle. After this application, the head of the government Agency APA reported that the Cabinet leaving all the other Ministers from the Austrian freedom party. In addition to the post of Vice-Chancellor and interior Minister, far-right took the government Ministers for foreign Affairs, defence, transport and infrastructure and was led by the Ministry of labour and health.