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New Austrian chancellor sworn in with interim government

The 69-year-old became Austria’s first female chancellor on Monday at the head of a government of non-partisan experts.

New Austrian Chancellor Brigitte Bierlein (Ronald Zak/AP)
New Austrian Chancellor Brigitte Bierlein (Ronald Zak/AP)

Brigitte Bierlein has been sworn in as Austria’s new chancellor at the head of an interim government that will serve until after an election expected in September.

The 69-year-old became Austria’s first female chancellor on Monday at the head of a government of non-partisan experts.

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Austrian President Alexander Van Der Bellen shakes hands with Chancellor Brigitte Berlin during an inauguration ceremony (Ronald Zak/AP)

Ms Bierlein was named as interim leader after Sebastian Kurz lost a confidence vote a week ago, following the collapse of a governing coalition of his right-wing People’s Party and the far-right Freedom Party.

That followed the publication of a video showing Freedom Party leader Heinz-Christian Strache appearing to offer lucrative government contracts to a purported Russian investor.

President Alexander Van der Bellen called on Austrians not to “turn away” from politics.

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