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Austrian Chancellor Faymann resigns, citing lack of support

  • FILE - In this March 1, 2016 file photo Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann addresses the media during a news conference after talks with European Council President Donald Tusk at the federal chancellery in Vienna, Austria. Faymann announced Monday, May 9, 2016 that he will step back from all his posts. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, file)

    FILE - In this March 1, 2016 file photo Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann addresses the media during a news conference after talks with European Council President Donald Tusk at the federal chancellery in Vienna, Austria. Faymann announced Monday, May 9, 2016 that he will step back from all his posts. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 1, 2016 file photo Austria's Chancellor and head of the Social Democrats, SPOE, Werner Faymann listens to a speech during the traditional May Day celebrations oin Vienna, Austria, Sunday, May 1, 2016. Faymann announced Monday, May 9, 2016 that he will step back from all his posts. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, file)

    FILE - In this May 1, 2016 file photo Austria's Chancellor and head of the Social Democrats, SPOE, Werner Faymann listens to a speech during the traditional May Day celebrations oin Vienna, Austria, Sunday, May 1, 2016. Faymann announced Monday, May 9, 2016 that he will step back from all his posts. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 1, 2016 file photo Austria's Chancellor and head of the Social Democrats, SPOE, Werner Faymann listens to a speech during the traditional May Day celebrations oin Vienna, Austria, Sunday, May 1, 2016. Faymann announced Monday, May 9, 2016 that he will step back from all his posts. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, file)

    FILE - In this May 1, 2016 file photo Austria's Chancellor and head of the Social Democrats, SPOE, Werner Faymann listens to a speech during the traditional May Day celebrations oin Vienna, Austria, Sunday, May 1, 2016. Faymann announced Monday, May 9, 2016 that he will step back from all his posts. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, file)  (The Associated Press)

Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann has resigned citing lack of support for him in his Social Democratic party.

The Austria Press Agency cited a statement from Faymann announcing his resignation. The decision comes less than two weeks after his party's candidate came second-last in the first round of elections for the Austrian presidency. That vote was won by the right wing Freedom Party candidate who received nearly four times the support from the electorate.

The election results come after a series of losses in provincial elections by the Social Democrats, who have dominated Austrian politics along with the centrist People's Party since World War II. The People's Party has suffered similar losses.

The Freedom Party has done well amid concerns over Europe's refugee crisis.