Austrian People's Party becomes strongest party in parliament: election projection

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-16 01:45:49|Editor: liuxin
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Sebastian Kurz, leader of the Austrian People's Party (OVP), waves to supporters at a celebration event in Vienna, capital of Austria, on Oct. 15, 2017. Sebastian Kurz, leader of the Austrian People's Party (OVP), has declared victory after projections showed his party would win the most seats in the 183-seat parliament by receiving 31.7 percent of votes in Sunday's election. (Xinhua/Pan Xu)

VIENNA, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- The People's Party (OVP) led by Austria's young Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz becomes the strongest party in the parliament by receiving 31.7 percent of the vote in Sunday's election, the latest projection by pollster SORA for ORF showed on Sunday.

The Center-left SPO led by Chancellor Christian Kern scored 27 percent of the vote, rising to the second largest party of the parliament.

The right wing populist Freedom Party of Austria (FPO) led by Heinz-Christian Strache won 25.9 percent of the vote in the election, according to the projection.

The right wing FPO's support is stronger than the 20.5 percent of the vote in last election in 2013, just a bit lower than the highest level in 1999 with 26.9 percent.

The current projection of the election is expected by the media. The conservative OVP led by the 31-year-old leader Kurz is becoming the strongest party in the parliament. To form a government, OVP needs to build a coalition with another party, however, the three parties would be in negotiations for the coalition which is still uncertain.

If OVP succeeds in finding a junior parter in the parliament, Kurz wcould become the youngest Chancellor of the world.

Austrian legislative election is believed to be a bellwether of EU political trends, also a test for the right wing movement in Europe.

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