Austrian Chancellor quits

Written By: Chris McLaughlin
Published: May 13, 2016 Last modified: October 25, 2016

Austria’s social democrat Chancellor Werner Faymann has unexpectedly resigned following his party’s heavy losses in last month’s presidential election and the rise of the right-wing, anti-immigration Freedom Party.

Faymann, the longest-serving elected European head of state after Germany’s Angela Merkel, faced accusations within the Social Democrats that he had bowed to populist demands for a crackdown on immigration and that he preformed a U-turn to support new border fences.

He admitted losing the support of his party after being booed at a May Day rally. action on immigration.

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