Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann resigned on Monday, becoming one of the most prominent casualties of the political upheaval sweeping Europe amid the migration crisis.

Mr. Faymann, 56, a center-left politician who had been chancellor since 2008, said he was giving up his post as head of the Alpine country’s government because he had lost the support of his Social Democratic Party. The party’s stinging loss in last month’s presidential elections—in which the anti-immigrant Freedom Party scored its best-ever result in a national vote—threw the Social Democrats into crisis and prompted many members to question Mr. Faymann’s leadership.

“This country needs a chancellor whose party is completely behind him,” Mr. Faymann said in Vienna. “This government needs a new start.”

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