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Austrians vote in parliamentary elections


Austrians are voting in parliamentary elections on Sunday. Polls are open from 6am until 5pm.

The country has the EU’s lowest unemployment rate and a growing economy but voters have been frustrated by bailouts to struggling EU members and high-level political corruption.

Opinion polls have given the ruling Social Democrats a victory followed by their coalition partners the People’s Party. Hot on their heels is the anti-immigrant and eurosceptic Freedom Party led by Heinz Christian Strache.

New party Team Stronach – led by Canadian-Austrian businessman Frank Stronach – could enter the race to become a third coalition partner if the current coalition fails to get enough votes.

Current Chancellor Werner Faymann looks likely to be re-elected after campaigning to defend jobs and pensions as well as taxing millionaires.He has said he wants to continue with his current coalition partners led by Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger, though the People’s Party have not confirmed they would accept a continuation of the current conditions. They have promised to promote economic growth by freeing up the market for businesses.

The most likely option if needed by the big two to form a new government is the Green Party who have sided with them on European issues such as the creation of the European Stability Mechanism bailout fund.

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