Austria’s President Alexander Van der Bellen has sworn in new Chancellor Brigitte Bierlein and the ministers of her interim government for the work until an early election to the National Council (the lower chamber of parliament). The ceremony for declaring and appointing new cabinet of ministers of the republic was held on Monday in the presidential chancellery in the Hofburg palace in Vienna, ONA reports citing TASS.
The president also dismissed the former government’s ministers headed by acting Chancellor Hartwig Loger, who had been ordered on May 28 to organize a disciplined transfer of power to the interim government.
Several federal ministries were merged, as were some posts of ministers accountable to the federal chancellor, whereas the posts of state secretaries at the finance and interior ministries were removed in Austria’s temporary government. A total of 12 government members will work in the cabinet of ministers: six posts were occupied by men, and six posts by women.