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Austria's Vice Chancellor Resigns

By VOA News May 18, 2019

Austria's vice chancellor has resigned.

Heinz-Christian Strache stepped down Saturday after two German newspapers – Der Spiegel and the Sueddeutsche Zeitung – posted video footage of him appearing to offer state contracts to a potential Russian benefactor.

Strache said Saturday he was the "victim of a targeted political attack," but admitted that his actions in the video were "stupid and a mistake."

Political analysts say the scandal throws into the question the governing coalition between Strache's anti-immigration Freedom Party and Chancellor Sebastian Kurz's center-right People's Party.

Neither politician has commented on the future of their alliance.

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