The current scandal engulfing Austrian politics began on Friday, when German media published a video showing Strache allegedly soliciting a bribe from a woman purported to be the niece of a Russian oligarch in Ibiza. The leader of the Social Democrats, the second biggest party in parliament, said if technocrats were brought in, it should be for all cabinet posts.
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"This ensures stability and ability to act at European level", he said.
Mr Kickl has been the most controversial minister in government, not least because during his tenure police raided the offices of the country's main intelligence service, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution and Counterterrorism (BVT), which he oversees.
As talks over the composition of caretaker government dragged on in Vienna, Mr Kurz was tipped to sack the FPO Interior Minister Herbert Kickl, who would be nominally in charge of a state investigation into his erstwhile leader.
The ouster of the Freedom Party from the government was a setback for populist and nationalist forces as Europe heads into the final days of campaigning for the European Parliament elections, which run Thursday through Sunday.
For now, Freedom Party ministers remain in place, but a minister from Kurz's People's Party, Gernot Bluemel, told ORF television he expects that Kurz will dismiss Interior Minister Herbert Kickl.
Kickl said Kurz was only interested in regaining control of a ministry at the heart of Austria's security apparatus, and suggested his party would back a no-confidence motion.Читайте также: Injuries ravage Sharks in Game 5 loss to Blues
Interim FPO leader Norbert Hofer announced on Monday that an external investigation of the party's finances will be opened.
The Kremlin on Monday denied any involvement in the sting operation.
The most damaging recent controversy linked to Kickl was a year ago when the interior minister ordered raids on the country's own domestic intelligence agency BVT.
Kickl's party said he had done nothing wrong and sought to portray itself as the victim of a plot.
Austria's vice chancellor is stepping down amid backlash over a secretly filmed video from 2017 of him offering government contracts to Russian officials.
He said Austria's president, the liberal Alexander Van der Bellen, "did not see the real intent behind a young and friendly face (of Kurz's)".
President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said of the woman in the Strache video that set off the crisis: "We don't know who that woman is and whether she's Russian or not".При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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