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Surprise victory for Social Democrats in Austria

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Surprise victory for Social Democrats in Austria


There’ve been celebrations at the Social Democratic Party’s headquarters in Vienna following their surprise victory in Austria’s general election. Alfred Gusenbauer’s party won the vote by a margin of more than 1.5 per cent – opinion polls had predicted their defeat and it was a remarkable turnaround: the socialists had been badly hit by a corruption scandal involving the Bavag Trade Union bank.

For Chancellor Wolfgang Schussel’s Popular Party, the loss of seven per cent of the vote was a bitter disappointment – Austria’s enjoyed a strong economic performance during his six years at the helm, and he had expected a new term.

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