Watch: Austrian Chancellor Kurz addresses far-right Freedom Party scandal

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Watch: Austrian Chancellor Kurz addresses far-right Freedom Party scandal
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Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced on Monday that he will ask the country's president to dismiss far-right Interior Minister Herbert Kickl after Kickl's Freedom Party (FPÖ) leader was forced to resign following the release of a damaging video.

Kurz condemned the far-right's scandals over the weekend and announced that the country will hold elections in early September following the resignation of the vice-chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache

Strache, the leader of the far-right FPÖ, stepped down on Saturday after German newspapers published footage of him appearing to offer public contracts to a Russian backer.

Kurz said that there needed to be an investigation into whether or not there should be criminal charges. He condemned the actions of Interior Minister Herbert Kickl saying he should not lead the investigation.

At the news conference, the Austrian chancellor touted his government's economic achievements and said he wanted to continue his government's legacy without scandals, corruption, and negative events.

He asked the opposition parties to contribute to Austria's stability, especially in the next months.

In the next week, the country will have a discussion about the future of the European Union. He said he would work to make sure the centre parties would be strengthened.

The scandal has led to speculation about the future of the coalition between Kurz's centre-right People's Party and the FPÖ.

Kurz said on Sunday that he did not think the FPÖ was willing to change, and he called for snap elections.