Austria appoints Brigitte Bierlein as its first female chancellor

Veteran jurist to lead interim government after fall of Sebastian Kurz over ‘Ibizagate’

The president of Austria has appointed the country’s first female chancellor to lead an interim government until elections later in the year.

Brigitte Bierlein, the head of the constitutional court, will now be tasked with forming a cabinet after the previous government collapsed over the “Ibizagate” corruption scandal.

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