Aus­trian chan­cel­lor makes ef­fort to end cam­paign scan­dals

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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.

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