Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann has resigned after losing the support of Social Democratic party colleagues.
He told a news conference that Austria needed a chancellor who had his party "fully behind him".
Deputy Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner is to take over as chancellor on an interim basis.
Mr Mitterlehner, the leader of the junior party in the governing coalition, told Austrian news agency APA that he saw no need for fresh elections.
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