Now more is known about the exciting background to the sudden departure of the ÖVP General Secretary – insiders from the ÖVP leadership told the eXXpress about “hours of debate” that Laura Sachslehner (28) would have given the ÖVP boss and Chancellor. “When it came to the climate bonus for asylum seekers, she deliberately opposed the chancellor, who reminded her that the Greens had already been promised this in the coalition talks at the end of 2019. Namely, that the climate bonus will help people in rural areas more,” the eXXpress learned.
The young general secretary is also accused of “lack of loyalty” to the chancellor, who absolutely does not want any discord with the government partner – presumably also because of the currently worrying opinion polls of the ÖVP.
“Laura Sachslehner anticipated a decision by the Chancellor with her resignation announcement,” said the ÖVP insider then that the rift with Karl Nehammer was final after Friday evening.
The young ex-Secretary General apparently underestimated how important a calm, conflict-free coalition relationship is to the ÖVP boss: she is said to have overplayed the issue of the Klimbo-500 bonus for every asylum seeker – which hundreds of thousands of Austrians are already discussing emotionally.
Alexander Proell, the son of former Vice Chancellor and Finance Minister Josef Proell, will now take over the General Secretariat on an interim basis. Governor Erwin Proell is the grandfather of the new ÖVP General Secretary.