after the scandal-Video resigned as FPÖ leader and Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache is not supposed to be in the European election-derived mandate.

“A return to the active policy can and should be made only after the background of the Ibiza-Videos are largely solved,” wrote Strache in a Monday press release published.

His decision was not the result of political calculus, and certainly not a Deal, but simply a personally decision, the conference heard. So he went on to speculate that the extremely promising candidacy of his wife Philippa for the national Council of Vienna FPÖ-country list, a prerequisite for his resignation on a EU mandate.

Strache had the EU election on may 26. May of the electorate, almost 45 000 preference votes, which ensured him, in principle, a mandate in the European Parliament. Unlike in Germany, voters could choose in Austria, with her voice a party, but also with the supplementary note for a certain candidate to support.

Strache was entered into in mid-may from all the Offices and after a of the “Spiegel” and “süddeutsche Zeitung” published the Video had brought from 2017 it into massive disrepute. In it, he had made an alleged Russian oligarchs-niece of state contracts in return for campaign help in favor of the FPÖ in view. His resignation had been overthrown in a political chain reaction at the end of trust, also Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) by a vote of no confidence. Expected to be on 29. September selects Austria for a new Parliament.

dpa