After the wave of resignation from the ÖVP: These politicians should now take over
After several momentous resignations from the ranks of the ÖVP on Thursday, many Austrians are asking themselves: Who is following in the footsteps of Kurz, Blümel and Schallenberg?
Politically speaking, hardly a stone was left unturned in Austria on Thursday. After the former Federal Chancellor and to date ÖVP boss Sebastian Kurz resigned all political offices in the morning, the incumbent Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg followed him at noon – he made his “office available.” and Finance Minister Gernot Blümel announced on social media that he would resign. Who will now take over the posts from Kurz, Blümel and Schallenberg?
Nehammer becomes chancellor
It is now certain that the current Minister of the Interior, Karl Nehammer, will become the new Austrian Federal Chancellor – if all the important ÖVP governors give their OK today. The Viennese is considered a close companion for a short while and was the Secretary General of the New People’s Party before his appointment as Minister of the Interior. Since 2017 he has also been the chairman of the ÖVP district party for the Viennese noble Hietzing district.
The new interior minister comes from Lower Austria
The second President of the Lower Austrian State Parliament, Gerhard Karner, is acting for the office of Austrian Minister of the Interior. Until 2015 he was regional manager of the Lower Austrian People’s Party. Karner is not new to the Ministry of the Interior: From 2000-2003 he was press spokesman for Ernst Strasser, who held this office for two legislative periods. If Karner takes over this office, the security agendas would be completely in Lower Austria’s hands – Defense Minister Klaudia Tanner also comes from the ÖVP Lower Austria.
Will a Vorarlberg new finance minister be?
Meanwhile, a Vorarlberg resident is being traded as the new finance minister. The current Secretary General of the Green Ministry of the Environment, Magnus Brunner, is to move into Himmelpfortgasse in Vienna. From 2002 to 2006 he was director of the Austrian Economic Association, until 2019 board member of oeMAG, the processing agency for green electricity. Brunner is also involved in sports, in October 2020 he was elected head of the Austrian Tennis Association for three years.