Austria's Kurz Leaves Office
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz left office on Tuesday after parliament voted out his provisional government.
The vote was the latest in a political crisis brought on by a video recording. The video was filmed in 2017, but released only recently. Its images led to the ouster of Heinz-Christian Strache, Kurz's second in command in the government. Strache is the head of Austria's Freedom Party, or FPO.
The events do not necessarily mean the political end of 32-year-old Kurz, however. He is still the leader of his People's Party and wants to lead it back to victory.
His party came in first in the recent European Parliament election.
"I am still here," he told party activists after parliament voted on Monday.
After the vote, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen officially relieved the cabinet of its duties. He asked ministers except Kurz to continue for some time until a temporary cabinet can be made. The next parliamentary election is expected in September.
Van der Bellen also spoke of the video, which was filmed on the Spanish island of Ibiza. In the recording, Strache talked about fixing state contracts.
"The disturbing image of Ibiza... has buried itself deep in our heads, not only here but also, of course, abroad," the president said.
Strache denies any criminal wrongdoing. He resigned quickly after the video surfaced.
The Reuters news agency says the video recording raised questions about money and influence in Austria. It also shook public trust in the country's political parties.
Van der Bellen said that the scandal created "a distorted image of our homeland, a different image to what Austria is really like." He added, "Now it is our task to change that image step by step."
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周二，奥地利总理塞巴斯蒂安·库尔兹（Sebastian Kurz）在议会投票推翻他的临时内阁后辞职 。
这是最新一次针对一段视频录像引发的政治危机的投票 。该视频拍摄于2017年，但是近期才公布 。视频内容导致库尔兹政府的二把手海因茨-克里斯蒂安·斯特拉赫（Heinz-Christian Strache）下台 。斯特拉赫是奥地利自由党（FPO）的党魁 。
然而，下台不一定意味着32岁的库尔兹的政治生涯就此结束 。他仍然是奥地利人民党的主席，并希望带领该党派重夺胜利 。
投票结束后，奥地利总统范德贝伦正式解散了内阁 。他要求除库尔兹之外的各部长继续留任一段时间，直到临时内阁组建完成 。下一届议会选举预计将于在9月份举行 。
范德贝伦还谈到这段拍摄于西班牙伊维萨岛的视频 。在视频中，斯特拉赫谈到了修改国家合同 。
斯特拉赫否认有任何犯罪行为 。视频曝光后他立刻辞职 。
路透社表示，这则视频录像在奥地利引发了民众对于金钱和权力的质疑 。该视频也导致公众对该国政党的信心产生动摇 。
范德贝伦表示，这起丑闻“扭曲了国家的形象，与奥地利真正的形象完全不符 。”他还指出，“如今，我们要做的是逐步扭转这一形象 。”