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Austrian right holds on to power in regional election

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Austrian right holds on to power in regional election


The Austrian right looks to have held its grip on power in the Western province of Vorarlberg following regional elections on Sunday.

Early estimations put Herbert Sausgruber’s OVP ahead with just over 50 per cent of the vote. But it is the far right Austrian Freedom Party which made the biggest gains, Dieter Egger’s party is accredited with 25 per cent – enough to put it ahead of the Social Democrats, who picked up just 10 per cent of votes. 261 000 people were called on to elect 36 members to the regional parliament. The rise of the Freedom Party has concerned observers who accuse its leader Egger of making anti-semitic statements, notably telling a museum director that as a “jew in exile in America” he should shut up and not mix in Austrian politics.

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