(Bloomberg) — Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is on track to be ousted Monday after his erstwhile coalition partners in the nationalist Freedom Party lined up behind a motion to dismiss him.

The Freedom Party decided to back the no-confidence vote against Kurz and his cabinet that will be decided in parliament about 5 p.m. in Vienna. The motion was brought by Austria’s Social Democrats, the biggest opposition group. It means the country will likely be ruled by a caretaker government ahead of snap parliamentary elections planned for September.

“We are in a period where it would be good to have a technocrat government,” Hofer said on his way into a meeting of party lawmakers. It would be the first time since the Austrian state was reconstituted after World War II that a chancellor was dismissed after losing a no-confidence vote.

It’s a reversal of fortune for Europe’s youngest leader and comes just hours after his conservative People’s Party surged to a decisive victory in European parliamentary elections. It netted record support and came in first as the opposition failed to capitalize on the week-old scandal that ensnared his nationalist vice-chancellor and threw the government into disarray.

“Voters will have their say on election day,” Kurz said during the parliamentary debate over the no-confidence motion. “I made an effort to provide stability, to put together a capable acting government.”

The decision to call for and back the no-confidence motion could be a high-risk gamble for the opposition because opinion polls suggest Austrians don’t want Kurz removed.

If the Social Democrats’ no-confidence vote succeeds, it’s up to President Alexander Van der Bellen to dismiss Kurz and his ministers and appoint a new caretaker government. His options include naming senior civil servants, retired politicians or judges that command respect across the party spectrum. He could also let Kurz continue as acting chancellor for a few days, long enough take part in the European Union summit on Tuesday in Brussels.

Since taking power in 2017, Kurz has tried to show conservatives across Europe that they can achieve goals by working with their nationalist rivals. But the collapse of his coalition has served rather to highlights the risks of getting into bed with a party that has spent much of its time on the fringes of the mainstream.

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To contact the reporter on this story: Boris Groendahl in Vienna at bgroendahl@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Chad Thomas at cthomas16@bloomberg.net, Jonathan Tirone, Zoe Schneeweiss

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