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Austria’s conservatives win snap polls

Head of Austrian Conservative People’s Party Sebastian Kurz. (Photo by AFP)

Homa Lezgee

Press TV, Vienna

Austria’s conservative People’s Party led by former Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has won snap polls but the votes were not enough for a single party government.

A coalition with the runners up, the Social Democrats is unlikely since the two parties differ on many issues including Kurz’s tough migration policies.

Another coalition with the far-right Freedom Party is also controversial since the party’s involvement in a corruption scandal was the reason why the previous coalition collapsed and Kurz faced a no-confidence vote.

Supporters of more moderate parties like the Greens and the liberals are still concerned about the right-wing’s return to power.

The Greens, coming up fourth, have secured the most votes over the past 3 decades due to concerns for the environment.

Green Party candidate Werner Kogler has called for more funding in the environmental sector.

Most analysts believe the election will be followed by a long period of coalition talks with predictions that the current caretaker government could remain in place until December or later.

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