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Austria conservatives projected to win snap poll amid far-right losses


AFP Vienna
Austria's 33-year-old former Chancellor Sebastian Kurz was on course to win snap elections Sunday despite a scandal which engulfed his previous far-right allies, projections showed Sunday.
Kurz's centre-right People's Party (OeVP) took 37 per cent of the vote, according to first projections.
His erstwhile coalition partners, the scandal-hit far-right Freedom Party (FPOe), meanwhile, dropped from almost 26 per cent at the last election to around 16 per cent.
The election was triggered by a corruption scandal which engulfed the FPOe in May and brought down the OeVP-FPOe coalition.
The centre-left Social Democrats look set for their worst-ever result on around 22 per cent of the vote.
The Greens are the other big winners, reversing a disastrous performance in 2017 which saw them fail to enter parliament to win at least 13 per cent this time round, which would be their best-ever score.
The small liberal NEOS party scored around seven percent.

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First Published: Sep 29 2019 | 9:20 PM IST

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