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Demonstrations greet new Austrian coalition as 27-year-old foreign minister is sworn in

Demonstrations greet new Austrian coalition as 27-year-old foreign minister is sworn in
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Austria’s coalition government is meeting vocal opposition as hundreds angered by plans to scrap the country’s science ministry made their feelings heard outside the ceremony to swear the government in.

“Heinz don’t do it!” they shouted, urging the President Heinz Fischer not to swear in the coalition agreed by the centre-left Social Democrats and the conservative People’s Party.

The coalition has decided to cut public spending by integrating the ministry of science and research into the economics ministry.

Critics also accused the new government of lacking experience and of being students, rounding particularly on the appointment of a foreign minister who is 27 years old.

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