Center-right wins, but far-right surges in Austria vote

Vienna deputy mayor Johann Gundenus

However, final results will not be available until mid-week after absentee ballots and ballots cast by voters away from their home districts are counted. According to some of the polls, FPOe is expected to gain many votes in the election, becoming either the second or third largest party.

The right-wing Freedom Party of Austria ranked secong with 27,5 percent of the votes. Kurz described that as the biggest jump in support in the party's history.

The projections showed the center-left Social Democrats receiving 26.6 percent and the vote and the anti-migrant, euroskeptic Freedom Party 26.5 percent. Silberstein has been fired and insists Social Democratic Chancellor Christian Kern knew nothing about the postings.

After an electoral campaign dominated by immigration and fair access to social security, Kurz, at 31, could become the world's youngest leader with Freedom's Heinz-Christian Strache, 48, his likely vice chancellor.




Much of the People's Party's appeal has been credited to Kurz.

Kurz forced Austria into a snap election when he refused to continue in a coalition government with the Social Democrats, having reinvented the OVP and moved it rightward when he became party leader in May. While no expects a repeat of the European Union sanctions slapped on Austria because of the party's participation, critics of the Freedom Party in and outside Austria have expressed alarm at any government role for the euroskeptic party.

The environmentalist party, which had 12.42 percent in elections four years ago, was showing now at 3.9 percent. But less than a dozen parties have a chance of getting seats.

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