Friday 20 July 2018

Austria on course to elect EU's youngest head of government as Sebastian Kurz (31) sweeps to victory

Sebastian Kurz, head of Austrian People's Party, talks to the media after casting his vote in Vienna, Austria
Sebastian Kurz, head of Austrian People's Party, talks to the media after casting his vote in Vienna, Austria

The leader of Austria's right-leaning People's Party has declared victory in a national election that puts him on track to become Europe's youngest head of government.

Austrian foreign minister Sebastian Kurz, 31, claimed the win on Sunday night after projections gave his party a comfortable lead with more than 90% of the ballots counted.

The projections had the People's Party getting 31.4 percent of the vote, a gain of more than seven percentage points from the 2013 election.

Final results will not be available until mid-week after absentee ballots and ballots cast by voters away from their home districts are counted.

The projections showed the centre-left Social Democrats receiving 26.6% and the vote and the anti-migrant, eurosceptic Freedom Party 26.5%.

The country now is governed by a Social Democratic-People's Party coalition.

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