Formation of Austrian government following election in September 2019

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Reports and analyses of the process of government formation in Austria, following a parliamentary election held on 29 September 2019 from which none of the competing political parties managed to acquire a parliamentary majority.

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The centre-right People's Party (ÖVP) of former Chancellor Sebastian Kurz was the most voted at the polls (37.1%). Despite not achieving the parliamentary majority, the country's President tasked Mr Kurz on 7 October to once again form government. Analysts put forward a number of possibilities, including a reedition of a previous coalition formula between the ÖVP and the far-right FPÖ - which collapsed earlier in the year and triggered the snap election - and a 'turquoise-green' formula bringing together the ÖVP and the Greens, which had made considerable gains at the polls.

On 11 November, the ÖVP and the Greens launched negotiations to form a coalition cabinet. On 28 December, a preliminary agreement was reached between the two political forces, which was later confirmed by party members. The government took office on 7 January 2020.

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Reuters, 30/01/2020: Austrian government to raise flight tax, start income tax cuts next year

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