Austria’s ex-chancellor Kern quits politics, will not run in European elections

Austria’s ex-chancellor Kern quits politics, will not run in European elections

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VIENNA (Reuters) – Opposition chief Christian Kern stated on Saturday he would go away politics and never run as the highest candidate for the Austrian Social Democrats in European parliamentary elections subsequent yr, giving in to strain from social gathering critics.

Head of the Social Democratic Get together SPOe Christian Kern delivers a media assertion in Vienna, Austria, September 18, 2018. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

Just some weeks after saying his intention to run within the elections, the 52-year-old former chancellor blamed inside social gathering disputes for his resolution, saying he can be unable to deal with European politics.

“As a former head of presidency, it’s not doable to depart the home political stage,” Kern stated at a last-minute information convention in Vienna. “For me, that is the top as knowledgeable politician.”

Since shedding energy final yr, the Social Democrats have been preoccupied with inside struggles and have failed to profit from unpopular reforms – together with longer working hours – launched beneath the far proper coalition led by Sebastian Kurz.

Kern stated he needed to present new social gathering chief Pamela Rendi-Wagner the prospect to construct up a powerful opposition with out him as a “everlasting shadow”.

Reporting by Kirsti Knolle; Enhancing by Ros Russell

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