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    VIENNA, AUSTRIA

    The exact composition of Austria's new government was uncertain after the ruling Socialist Party of Chancellor Bruno Kreisky lost its absolute majority in the general election of April 24.

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    VIENNA APRIL 23, 1983 (ORF) SOUND
    1. SV Chancellor Bruno Kreisky gets out of car. 0.08
    2. SV Education Minister Fred Sinowatz enters building. (2 SHOTS) 0.23
    3. SV Kreisky addresses meeting. 0.30
    VIENNA OCTOBER 1971 (VISLIB)
    4. GV Woman casts her vote. 0.39
    5. SV Kreisky casts his vote in polling station. 0.56
    VIENNA JULY 1978 (VISLIB)
    6. GV Presidential palace. 0.59
    7. SV Kreisky welcomes former President Anwar Sadat of Egypt. 1.20
    VIENNA NOVEMBER 1980 (VISLIB)
    8. GV East German leader Erich Honecker arrives at airport; welcomed by Kreisky and President Rudolf Kirchschlaeger, and guard of honour. (2 SHOTS) 1.49
    VIENNA DECEMBER 1981 (VISLIB) MUTE
    9. GV INTERIOR Government officials, and Kreisky, at conference table. (5 SHOTS) 1.02
    10. GVs Gifts and aid supplies being despatched for Poland. (2 SHOTS) 2.06
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    Background: VIENNA, AUSTRIA

    The exact composition of Austria's new government was uncertain after the ruling Socialist Party of Chancellor Bruno Kreisky lost its absolute majority in the general election of April 24. As he entered Socialist Party headquarters in Vienna on the ever of the poll with Education Minister Fred Sinowatz for a meeting, there was no sign of the shock that lay ahead for Herr Kreisky, Wester Europe's longest-serving head of government. His party was still the largest single force in the 183-seat parliament, with 90 seats but could be outvoted with the combines strength of the Centre Freedom Party, with 12 seats, and the Conservative People's Party, which won four seats to bring its tally to 81. Reuters reported that a coalition government may be likely, and People's Party secretary-general, Michael Graff, said he was looking for wide range of mutual collaboration. Deputy Socialist Party chairman Karl Blecha said his party and the Conservatives were too far apart, and that he favoured a small coalition with the Freedom Party. Herr Kreisky stepped down as chancellor after the results were known, but said he would stay on as party chairman. With his resignation, an era of Austrian political initiative, which put the country on the diplomatic map, came to an end. Herr Kreisky, Austria's first Socialist chancellor, came to power in 1970 with a majority administration, and in October 1971 held a general election to win an overall majority. In July 1978, he was instrumental in setting up a meeting between then Egyptian President, Anwar Sadat, and Israeli Opposition leader, Shimon Peres, and in November 1980, Herr Kreisky received East German leader Erich Honecker on his first official visit to the West. Thirteen months later, Austria was again in the limelight as thousands of Poles fled over the border to escape from martial law. The Austrian government spent millions of dollars on refugee aid, and also sent food and medical supplies to Poland by truck, under the direction of the Chancellor.

    Source: OSTERREICHISCHER RUNDFUNK AND REUTERS LIBRARY

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB78KUZQ2NM2CH28XSX1X0RJRZ
    Media URN:
    VLVAB78KUZQ2NM2CH28XSX1X0RJRZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/04/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:08:00
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    N/A

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