After three weeks of negotiations and around a month after the state elections, the pact between black and blue is in place. The swearing-in takes place in the new state parliament on June 14.
Salzburg gets a government of ÖVP and FPÖ on June 14th. The way there was not particularly long.23. April: The election – day of decisionThe election day was a memorable one for Salzburg. The People’s Party secured first place with 30 percent and heavy losses. The FPÖ moved up to second place with 25.7 percent and the historically best result. The KPÖ Plus made it surprisingly strong with 11.3 percent in the state parliament.25. April: Start of the exploratory talksOnly two days after the election, the first exploratory talks were started by Governor Wilfried Haslauer (ÖVP). The representatives of black and blue met on the very first day. Even then it was clear that in the case of the coalition there should be a division of government into four ÖVP and three FPÖ state councillors.2. May: ÖVP resolution for negotiations with FPÖOne week after the exploratory talks, the decision was made in the party presidium of the Salzburg People’s Party: The ÖVP starts coalition negotiations with the Freedom Party. “The stylistic concern is there. My reservations about Herbert Kickl remain valid,” said Haslauer when the decision was announced.3. May: First negotiations on a new coalitionIt was Wilfried Haslauer’s 67th birthday when the coalition talks for a Salzburg state government began in the Chiemseehof. FPÖ leader Marlene Svazek brought a birthday cake and a bottle of red wine for the “first date”. There was also a surprise in the blue negotiating team: the former municipal councilor from Bergheim, Martin Zauner, was part of the party. He is considered an energy expert and works in customer service at Salzburg AG. Otherwise there were only familiar faces among the negotiators on both sides.17. May: The only public statementOn this day, the negotiators provided information about the talks for the only time – and said nothing. For three minutes and 19 seconds, citizens learned that negotiations were ongoing.24. May: The pact is finally concludedExactly three weeks after the start of the negotiations, it is clear: Salzburg will in future be governed by the People’s Party together with the Freedom Party. Swearing-in is June 14th.
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