Austrian chancellor makes effort to end campaign scandals
VIENNA: Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern made a final pre-election plea to parliament on Thursday to return to constructive dialogue after weeks of dirty campaign scandals that have sullied his image.
“Let us return to a responsible political debate that is characterised by integrity, honesty and respect for the dignity of others,” the Social Democratic Party (SPOe) leader said.
Sunday’s parliamentary election is a three-man race between Kern, Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, and far-right leader Heinz-Christian Strache.
The election race in recent weeks was not dominated by policy issues, but by revelations that Kern’s Israeli campaign adviser Tal Silberstein had covertly launched fake websites that were meant to smear Kurz and his centre-right People’s Party.