31-year-old Sebastian Kurz sworn in as Austria’s new leader

31-year-old Sebastian Kurz sworn in as Austria’s new leader

- Sebastian Kurz has been sworn in as Austria’s new chancellor

- At 31, Kurz is the youngest head of government in Europe

- Kurz’s Austrian People’s Party formed a coalition with the nationalist Freedom Party that is expected to move the country’s politics to the right

Austria’s president, Alexander Van der Bellen, has sworn in a new chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, of the Austrian People’s party.

The Guardian reports that Kurz at age 31 is the youngest head of government in Europe.

NAIJ.com gathered that Kurz’s Austrian People’s Party struck a deal with the Freedom Party headed by Heinz-Christian Strache.

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Sebastian Kurz, new chancellor(left) and Heinz-Christian Strache, new vice-chancellor. Photo credit: Xinhua/Rex/Shutterstock

Sebastian Kurz, new chancellor(left) and Heinz-Christian Strache, new vice-chancellor. Photo credit: Xinhua/Rex/Shutterstock

With the new coalition, Austria has become the only western European country with a far-right presence in government.

The two parties, in a coalition treaty, agreed to restrict illegal immigration and speed up deportation of refused asylum seekers, while maintaining a firm commitment to the European Union.

Thousands of people, however, protested outside President Van der Bellen’s office against the coalition especially the far right views of the Freedom Party.

The Freedom Party has been given five ministries with opponents expressing concern that the Freedom Party has control of the Interior, Defence and Foreign ministries.

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Freedom Party’s leader, Heinz-Christian Strache, is now vice chancellor.

Kurz’s People’s Party has seven ministers and one deputy, with responsibilities including the Finance, Economy and Justice ministries.

NAIJ.com previously reported that the Nigerian youths decided to take their own destiny into their own hands by sponsoring the #NotTooYoungTooRun bill.

The bill seeks age reduction for elective offices in the country.

The National Assembly in a historic vote passed the Reduction of Age bill popularly known as the Not Too Young To Run bill to reduce the age for running for office in Nigeria in July 2017.

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