The former FPÖ leader Heinz-Christian Strache founded a new movement. He wants to gain a foothold in politics again.
- Former FPÖ leader Heinz-Christian Strache returns to Austrian politics.
- He wants to run for the mayor election in Vienna .
- Strache had disappeared from the political landscape because of the Ibiza video.
Former FPÖ leader Heinz-Christian Strache , who fell because of the Ibiza video, wants to return to the political stage in Austria. With his new citizens' movement, he wants to challenge the current mayor of Vienna, Michael Ludwig (SPÖ). The state election in Vienna is expected to take place in autumn.
Austria: Ex-FPÖ leader Strache wants to return to the political stage
Strache appeared on the political Ash Wednesday of the Alliance for Austria (DAÖ), a splinter group of the FPÖ. He described the meeting as the first nucleus for the new civil movement, which he will present in detail in a few weeks.
Heinz-Christian Strache resigned as FPÖ leader and vice chancellor in May 2019 after the publication of a video on which he appeared susceptible to corruption in conversation with a supposed Russian oligarch niece. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced the end of the coalition with the FPÖ. The Ibiza video also caused new elections in Austria. The ÖVP was able to achieve significant profits.
#Strache is officially running as the top candidate of the DAÖ in the Vienna election - and therefore takes a high risk, because: Party divisions have rarely been successful in the past. https://t.co/QrgvWwreYH # DAÖ- Addendum (@daswasfehlt) February 27, 2020
During the election campaign, Strache was accused of having put FPÖ party money in his own pocket. The public prosecutor is currently investigating this. Strache herself firmly rejects the allegations.
Austria: Election in Vienna - Strache wants to become mayor of the city
The FPÖ crashed in the new elections in September 2019 and gave Strache a large complicity in the poor election result. A few days after the election, the 50-year-old politician announced his farewell to the political world and was ultimately expelled from the FPÖ.
Marvin Ziegele with dpa
Strache was almost at the top as vice chancellor and party leader. Then the Ibiza video followed the deep fall and even the expulsion from the FPÖ. Now he's back - at least almost.
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