Internal disputes in the Austrian government coalition over the OVP’s criticism of the judiciary

The criticism of the judiciary of the Austrian People’s Party (OVP) has led to the fact that the chairman of the group of the Greens, Sigrid Maurer, has called for an end to this type of “attacks” by your coalition partners.

The parliamentary chairman of the OVP, August Woginger, has accused the public prosecutor for economics and corruption of opening the proceedings “for political reasons” in the context of the inquiry to Vice-President Michaela Steinacker’s judicial spokeswoman.

Those investigations must be added to these investigations that were opened against Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and against Finance Minister Gernot Blümel, both OVP.

Internal disputes in the Austrian government coalition over the OVP’s criticism of the judiciary
Internal disputes in the Austrian government coalition over the OVP’s criticism of the judiciary

For his part, Maurer has come across these comments and has labeled the behavior of a “middle class” party like OVP as “unworthy” and made them ugly for their “unscrupulous” behavior when it comes to defending themselves against possible investigations.

“The constant accusation against the judiciary of acting politically must be strictly rejected. The OVP is constantly trying to damage the credibility of the judiciary and thus a central pillar of our democracy,” he added.

In the face of these allegations, Justice Minister Alma Zadic from Los Verdes has guaranteed that the authorities can work without pressure.

Finally, Maurer repeated his call to the “population” to stop their “indifferent attacks” and to return to the path of “serious and responsible action” against the judiciary.

For his part, Woginger voiced further criticism of the prosecutor for business and corruption during an intervention on the ATV television show in which he stated that his training would “not tolerate” these allegations.

“It cannot be that the MPs or members of the government are simply selected here (in the OVP) when there are a large number of comparable cases in other groups,” he defended.

Federal Chancellor Kurz is being investigated for false statements in an investigation in the context of the “Ibiza” case because of the alleged influence of his former government coalition partner in 2017, the Austrian Freedom Party. On the other hand, Blumel is being investigated for alleged bribery.

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