|Author (Corporate)||Cardiff EDC|
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.
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.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Subject Tags||National Politics|
|Countries / Regions||Austria|