Austria swears in first female-majority Cabinet

THE Austrian President has sworn in his new Cabinet, for the first time with more women than men.

It’s the ecologist party’s first appearance in a ruling coalition of any stripe, allied with the conservative ÖVP.

Austria swore in its new conservative-Green coalition Cabinet on Tuesday. For the first time, women ministers will outnumber men.

Nine of the 17 members of the new Cabinet are women, although both the roles of chancellor and vice-chancellor are held by men.

President Alexander van der Bellen, a former Greens spokesman, swore in the Cabinet exactly 100 days after the election, which failed to give any party a clear majority and led to three months of tense negotiations.

The new government is also the first in which the immigration-sceptic, conservative Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) and the center-left, environmentally focused Greens will work together, and the first time ever that the Greens will enter government.

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the unprecedented coalition partnership would work together to “protect borders and the environment.”

The Cabinet comprises 13 ministers, two state secretaries, who are not technically part of the government, as well as the chancellor and vice chancellor.

Kurz will return to power after a seven-month hiatus, and at the age of 33, he is reclaiming the title of the world’s youngest serving head of government from new Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin, who is 34.

-Deutsche Welle