May 18, 2019 / 7:44 AM / in 2 months

Austrian chancellor rules out keeping far-right leader in government: source

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria’s conservative Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is now ruling out continuing to work with Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache of the far-right Freedom Party, a coalition source said on Saturday.

The decision came shortly before Kurz was due to make a statement in response to footage published on Friday that has thrown the coalition’s future in doubt. It apparently shows Strache offering to funnel state contracts towards a company in exchange for possible financial and political support.

Reporting by Francois Murphy. Editing by Jane Merriman

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