Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann Steps Down

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Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann leaves a news conference in Vienna, Austria, May 9, 2016. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann leaves a news conference in Vienna, Austria, Monday. (Reuters/Leonhard Foeger)

Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann on Monday stepped down as leader of the centrist coalition government and as head of the Social Democratic Party (SPO).

Faymann had been under pressure from trade unionists and the SPO youth wing for his tough stance on asylum laws and for the party’s poor performance in a presidential election two weeks ago.

“To have a majority [in the party] is not enough,” a spokeswoman for Faymann quoted him as saying at a hastily convened news conference. A reporter at the event said Faymann had announced he was stepping down.