Austria elections on Sunday

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Austria goes to the polls on Sunday for the country’s parliamentary elections.

Current Chancellor Werner Faymann and his centre-left Social Democrats look likely to be re-elected.

Their current partners in government since 2007, the centre-right People’s Party, are expected to maintain their position as the second biggest political party in the Austrian parliament.

Their leader Michael Spindelegger has said he wants to become the new chancellor, however a continuation of the current coalition looks more likely.

The far-right Freedom Party, headed by Heinz Christian Strache are the third political force in Austria. Their criticism of the European Union and anti-immigration policies are set to notch up around 20% of the votes.

The dark horse in the political campaign has been a new euro-critical party, “Team Stronach”, founded by Canadian-Austrian billionaire Frank Stronach. They have declared war on the “system” and have promised tax cuts. Polls have shown the party could take 7% of votes.

In order to enter the Austrian parliament in Vienna, parties need to pass a 4% threshold.