Austrian Vice-Chancellor resigns after internal party rows

Austrian Vice Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner addresses a news conference in Vienna, Austria on May 10, 2017.
Austrian Vice Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner addresses a news conference in Vienna, Austria on May 10, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

VIENNA (REUTERS) - Reinhold Mitterlehner, Austria's Vice-Chancellor and leader of the People's Party, said on Wednesday (May 10) he would resign, paving the way for someone new to lead the conservatives into the next parliamentary election. "It's enough," he told a news conference in Vienna called at short notice, referring to months of quarreling within his party about his leadership qualities.

Mr Mitterlehner, 61, said he would resign his posts of vice-chancellor and economics minister as of May 15. He became head of his centre-right party in 2014 after his predecessor stepped down.