Austrian far-right leader cast vote in legislative election

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-15 22:50:07|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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VIENNA, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- The leader of the Austrian far-right Freedom Party, Heinz-Christian Strache, has cast his vote in Sunday's lower house elections, the last party leader to so.

Strache, who followed his tendency of voting later than most other candidates, made his way to the polling booths in his home district of Landstrasse in Vienna in the early afternoon.

He told the assembled media he is confident of a positive result, hoping to make gains over the previous election in 2013, where his party took just over 20 percent of the vote.

A result in line with the party's best, the near-27 percent of the vote it received in 1999 under former leader, the late Jorg Haider, would be a "pleasant surprise," he said.

Some 6.4 million Austrian voters began heading to over 10,000 polling booths on Sunday to elect the members of the National Council -- the lower house of the parliament.

Sunday's legislative election has been seen as another important test for the right-wing wave amid a migration crisis in Europe after the German elections.