By The Associated Press
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VIENNA — The Latest on Austrian politics (all times local):
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has called for an early election after his vice chancellor resigned over a covertly shot video that showed him apparently promising government contracts to a prospective Russian investor.
Kurz said he would ask President Alexander Van der Bellen to set a date for a new election “as soon as possible.”
Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache, head of the far-right, anti-immigrant Freedom Party which is in Kurz’s ruling coalition, had resigned earlier Saturday, a day after the video was published.
The video hit a nerve amid broader concerns about ties between Russia and right-wing populist parties critical of the European Union.
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz says frustration with his far-right coalition partners’ behavior was behind his decision to call for a new election.
Kurz said Saturday that he and his right-wing People’s Party “had to endure much” from the anti-immigration Freedom Party, the junior member of his governing coalition. Kurz called for the early poll after his vice chancellor, Freedom Party chief…