For the time being, the FPÖ denies the wife of her ex-chairman Heinz-Christian Strache a mandate for the National Council. On the ticket of the Vienna FPÖ four candidates would move into parliament, but not Philippa Strache, said a Freedom Party spokesman.
With regard to the 32-year-old FPÖ Animal Welfare Officer so far "there is still a need for information", it said, alluding to allegations that put the couple Strache a lavish lifestyle at the expense of the party. There are still internal and external information to be seen. "Until then, Philippa Strache can not get a mandate from Vienna," said Vienna FPÖ leader Dominik Nepp.
Philippa Strache had run on list three of the Vienna FPÖ. Due to the poor election result of the right-wing party on 29 September came via state list but only two MPs on. However, a candidate could have made room for Strache because of his own direct mandate.
The FPÖ had dropped by ten percentage points to 16.1 percent of the votes in the poll. One reason may have been the Ibiza affair of former party leader and ex-vice-chancellor Strache.
In May 2019 the SPIEGEL and the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" had published an already taken in 2017 video Straches from a holiday villa on the Spanish island of Ibiza in excerpts. It documented, among other things, how the FPÖ leader Strache of a female actress-minted Russian for donations to his party political favors after a FPÖ election victory in prospect.
While the FPÖ crashed in the National Council election, the conservative ÖVP of Strache's former coalition partner and ex-chancellor Sebastian Kurz climbed to 37.5 percent of the vote. Shortly thereafter, Federal President Alexander van der Bellen again commissioned the formation of a government.
The coalition partner can choose Kurz: In question are both the SPÖ (historical low of 21.2 percent) as well as the two years ago still at the four-percent hurdle failed Greens (13.9 percent). The Neos claimed 8.1 percent of the votes, according to official final results.