Austrian chancellor resigns amid tensions over migrant crackdowns

May 9, 2016 1:02 PM

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Austrian chancellor resigns amid tensions over migrant crackdowns

BERLIN — Austria’s chancellor resigned Monday, citing insufficient political support within his party to deal with challenges including efforts to confront the ongoing migrant crisis.

The surprise move by Werner Faymann followed a poor showing last night by his Social Democratic Party in the first round of last month’s presidential election, which was led by the right-wing Freedom Party that favors a harder line against migrants and refugees streaming into Europe.

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