Austrian centre-right new leader Kurz calls for snap election

Sebastian Kurz, the newly-elected leader of Austria’s conservative ÖVP party, said on Sunday that he would hold talks with his social democratic coalition partners and suggest they jointly propose a snap election.”I will meet Chancellor Christian Kern and President [Alexander] Van der Bellen tomorrow and make a suggestion,” Kurz said. “From my point of view the first step must be that we reach a joint decision in favor of snap elections,” Deutsche Welle reports.

Kurz, 30, is widely seen as the party’s best chance of boosting its ratings and surpassing the far-right Freedom Party, which is running first in opinion polls, followed by Chancellor Christian Kern’s Social Democrats, Reuters suggest.