“It would almost be naive to assume from Kurz that, after Kurz’s distrust of us, we, the free ones, have no mistrust of him. Whenever a special session takes place: those who give confidence, get confidence. Those who distrust, invite suspicions,” Interior Minister Herbert Kickl (FPÖ) told Austrian media on Tuesday.
Kurz had ordered the dismissal of Kickl on Monday because of the Ibiza affair. As a result, all FPÖ ministers were asked to resign.
On Saturday the then Vice-Chancellor and FPÖ boss Heinz-Christian Strache and the leader of the party in the National Council, Johann Gudenus, resigned from their offices.
But a FPÖ spokesman denied on request of the news agency APA that there is already a final decision on the case of censure. “That’s wrong. There is still no decision.” Kickl had been misinterpreted, he said. He merely stated that the one who mistrusted the FPÖ was also distrusted by the FPÖ.
“Kurz has maneuvered himself into a dead end and perhaps did not expect us to defend Freedom Party politicians just as powerfully as others,” Kickl explained. The outgoing Minister of the Interior did not rule out that he would even stand as a leading candidate in the new election in September. On Sunday evening, the Minister of Transport Norbert Hofer was elected as party chairman.
SPÖ party leader Pamela Rendi-Wagner meanwhile called for the appointment of a cabinet of experts and officials until the formation of a post-election government.
National Council President Wolfgang Sobotka (ÖVP), said snap elections will only come together after the EU general election on Sunday, the Austrian daily Die Presse reported. This move would postpone a possible negative outcome of a vote of no confidence before the EU election.
“The ÖVP wants to delay the outcome and delay the special session until after the EU election. This is democratic political abuse of power, something which the Austrian parliament in the Second Republic has never experienced,” the deputy SPÖ parliamentary leader Jörg Leichtfried complained.
The leader of the Neos, Nikolaus Scherak said that Sobotka was manufacturing a political crisis.