Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann steps down after election set back to anti-immigration party

After almost eight years in office, Werner Faymann confirmed on Tuesday that he was resigning as Austrian chancellor and leader of the Social Democrats (SPÖ) following a loss of support within his party’s ranks.

“This country needs a chancellor whose party is completely behind them,” Faymann said. “The government needs a fresh start with force. Anyone who doesn’t have this support isn’t up to the job.”

The 56-year-old, who entered office in December 2008, was already confronted by calls to resign after the SPÖ was defeated in the first round of the presidential election on April 24.

Much to the delight of fellow far-right factions across Europe, Austria’s Freedom Party (FPÖ) swept the first round of the elections, with 36.4 percent of the vote. The result marked the first time since 1945 that neither the SPÖ nor the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) succeeded in entering the second round.

h/t ZD

  • Has the docile, cowed, public awakened? Will it be in time to save Europe (or at least part of it)? The elites will not give up without a fight. That you can be sure of…

    • Alain

      The only way to know where the citizens stand is to offer them an alternative political party to all the “far-left” parties, one that identifies the enemy and puts the welfare and security of the citizens first. Some European countries now have such a party, while here at home we have none.

      • Our Conservative party is as lame as the liberals.

        • Alain

          Exactly my point and so disgusting.

    • Merkel is now on record stating that the forces of “Nationalism” must be checked, what she means is that the peasants are revolting and they’re running scared.

      Can’t have the people stand up for themselves!

      • Alain

        Hitler did exactly that to any opposition and of course Stalin, Mao and all the others. She is totally disgusting.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Mr. Chancellor.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    As long as the left is intent on calling all illegal population transfers “migrations”, I’m happy another anti-immigrant party has been elected.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    This will never happen in Canerduh. Too many decades of Trudeaupianism.