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Austrian government collapses as far-right ministers step down

Austria's coalition government collapsed May 20 after the Freedom Party's Herbert Kickl was ousted as interior minister over a corruption scandal, prompting all other Cabinet members from the far-right party to quit their posts, media reports said.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz earlier proposed Kickl's dismissal, saying he should take responsibility for the release of a video that showed Freedom Party leader Heinz-Christian Strache offering potential government contracts to a Russian woman in exchange for campaign support.

Strache resigned as Austria's vice chancellor over the weekend, and Kurz, who heads the center-right People's Party, also called for snap elections with the intention of governing without a coalition.

Freedom Party ministers followed through on their threat of mass resignation in response to Kickl's ouster, including the ministers of defense, work and transport, The Guardian reported.

Kurz will appoint technocrats and senior civil servants to replace the resigned ministers, according to Bloomberg News.