Conservatives (Austrian People’s Party led by Kurz) won 61 seats, 14 more than in 2013. Nationalists (Freedom Party of Austria) won 53 seats, 13 more than last time. They will easily be able to form a government as only 92 seats are needed for a majority.
Both right-wing parties have more seats than the Social Democrats (52). This is the first time since the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918 that the Social Democrats have not been one of the largest two parties in Austria.
The Latest on Austria’s general election (all times local):
Austria’s Interior Ministry says nearly completed final returns show the center-right party headed by Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz won the national election, putting the 31-year old on track to become Europe’s youngest leader.
Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said Kurz’s People’s Party received 31.4 percent of Sunday’s vote, a gain of more than 7 percentage points from the 2013 election. Kurz described the jump in support as the in party history.
The right-wing Freedom Party came in second, with 27.4 percent of the vote. The center-left Social Democratic Party of Austria, which now governs in coalition with People’s Party, got 26.7 percent.
The results put Austria on track for a rightward turn. Both the People’s and Freedom Parties campaigned on introducing tough measures to curb immigration and to pressure foreigners already in the country to integrate.
The two parties will likely form the next government coalition.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
Austria immigration infowar
Austria (AT) is estimated to have a population of 8.8 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 0.4% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 0.2 million.