, Dec 6 () –
Austria’s hitherto Interior Minister Karl Nehammer was sworn in on Monday as the country’s new chancellor, the third since the start of the last term after Sebastian Kurz and Alexander Schallenberg resigned less than two months apart.
The leadership of the Austrian People’s Party (OVP), meeting urgently, proclaimed Nehammer as the new leader without surprises, just 24 hours after Kurz confirmed that he would not try again to be chancellor and that his replacement also resigned from office on understanding that the country’s Foreign Ministry had to be reconciled with the party leadership.
Thus, the president of Austria, Alexander van der Bellen, has sworn in Nehammer as prime minister after the meeting between the two this weekend, in which the new chancellor has promised to prioritize the fight against the pandemic.
“It is important that we have a government that is capable of acting quickly and can begin its work. We have a pandemic to fight, which requires all our strength,” Nehammer said.
Along with the new chancellor, his new cabinet has also been sworn in, including Gerhard Karner as the new interior minister, or Magnus Brunner as finance minister, reports the public television channel ORF.