Austrian conservative set to become the youngest leaders of Europe with counting on out going Foreign Minister, Sabstain kurz narrowly ahead in position to form coalition government. The election are mainly on plank of immigration plagued Europe 2015-16.
Two anti-migrant parties are leading in the Austrian parliamentary election, with the conservative People’s Party (OVP), headed by Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, in first place, according to preliminary official results. The right-wing Freedom Party (FPO) is second.
Kurz announced his party’s victory soon after the release of the exit poll results. A “great responsibility has been placed” on the OVP, he tweeted, adding that his party accepts it “with great humility.”
He also said that his party’s victory is “not a triumph over others but a chance for a change.”
At just 31 years old, Kurz is set to be become the world’s youngest national leader.
According to the preliminary results published by the Austrian Interior Ministry, Kurz’s OVP has taken a clear lead in the election with 31.4 percent of the vote. The right-wing anti-immigrant FPO came in ahead of the Social Democrats in a very close race for second place.
FPO secured 27.4 percent backing, the Social Democrats received 26.7 percent. Both parties repeatedly swapped places as the votes were being counted.
The results are regarded as a success for the right-wing populists, as they received seven percent more of the vote than in the previous election, in which the FPO received 20.5 percent.
The results for the Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPO), which won the previous election and was the senior member of the ruling coalition before the snap election, is already being called by some analysts the worst in the party’s history, as previously it always came in either first or second.
In the view of the election results for the Social Democrats, SPO head and former Chancellor Christian Kern said that he will still hold the post of party chief. “We have a responsibility to our voters,” he told Austrian ORF broadcaster.
The right-wing populist party now has a good chance to enter a coalition government.
With 31 percent of the vote, the OVP is now expected to become the strongest force in the Austrian National Council, which has 183 seats. It still, however, lacks a majority in the legislature and could seek a coalition with the right-wing populists, as a revival of the OVP-SPO coalition seems unlikely.
Austria Election today set the Europe the continent right wing thinking another unique opportunity to its union to gather together on broader points but to focus on it’s intrinsic strength. Immigration dominated the election.
Kurz, nicknamed “wunderwuzzi”, is expected to form a coalition with the anti-immigration FPOe of Heinz-Christian Strache, 48. It would be the first time it has entered government since 2000 under Joerg Haider.
Another option for Kurz would be another “grand coalition” with the SPOe, but after 10 acrimonious years governing together — ended early by Kurz in May — this is seen as less likely.
The FPOe”s return to power in the wealthy EU member would be a fresh headache for Brussels as it struggles with Brexit and the rise of nationalists in Germany, Hungary, Poland and elsewhere.
Like the Alternative for Germany, which last month became the third-largest party in the Bundestag, and France”s National Front, the FPOe has stoked concerns about a record influx of migrants into Europe.
The party was founded by ex-Nazis in the 1950s — Strache flirted with neo-Nazism in his youth — and is highly critical of the European Union.
Kurz said he will negotiate with all the parties to form a coalition. He suggested his party is open to talks with the Freedom Party.
Local media say the People’s Party is likely to partner with the Freedom Party.
Preliminary results announced by the internal affairs ministry show the People’s Party leads with 31.4 percent. The far-right Freedom Party is second with 27.4 percent. In third place at 26.7 percent is the center-left Social Democratic Party, which was the coalition partner of the People’s Party.
The major issue in the election was the country’s immigration policy.
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