Vienna, Austria (CNN)Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has called for snap elections after Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache from the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) resigned over allegations of corruption.
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Germany's Der Spiegel news magazine and Süddeutsche Zeitung daily newspaper published video Friday of Strache appearing to offer government contracts to a woman who claimed to be a Russian investor and niece of an oligarch.
Kurz said at a news conference in Vienna that the FPÖ "damages the reputation of our country," announcing that he had recommended the President schedule new elections as soon as possible.
The call for early elections signaled the end of the ruling coalition of Kurz's conservative People's Party (ÖVP) with the FPÖ.
During a news conference Saturday morning, Strache denied doing "anything against the law," and labeled the allegations "a targeted political attack."