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Kurz to be world’s youngest leader again after Greens coalition deal

Berlin: Austria’s main centre-right party and the environmentalist Greens have agreed on a coalition deal that will see ex-Chancellor Sebastian Kurz return to power.

Both Kurz and Werner Kogler from the Greens, who led the negotiations between the two parties, told reporters in Vienna they had hammered out a government program that would be presented to the public in detail on Thursday afternoon, local time.

Sebastian Kurz, left, head of the Austrian People's Party, shakes hands on a coalition deal with Werner Kogler, head of the Austrian Greens. The deal will likely see Kurz back at the helm.

Sebastian Kurz, left, head of the Austrian People’s Party, shakes hands on a coalition deal with Werner Kogler, head of the Austrian Greens. The deal will likely see Kurz back at the helm.Credit:AP

The 33-year-old Kurz’s People’s Party embarked on negotiations with the Greens in mid-November, weeks after it emerged as by far the biggest party from an election. In that vote in September, the Greens, who haven’t previously been part of a federal government in Austria, saw their support soar and returned to Parliament after a two-year absence.

The two parties have a combined 97 seats in the 183-seat Parliament. Kurz’s return to power would see him take back the title of the world’s youngest sitting head of government from new Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin, who is 34.

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