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Far-right 'gains' as Austria kicks off 'super election year'

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Far-right 'gains' as Austria kicks off 'super election year'


Austria has seen a rise in support for the far right following local elections in the central state of Styria and Burgenland in the east.

Primary results suggest the SPO-OVP (Social Democrat-Conservative) coalition took a serious hit in both regions, to the benefit of the right-wing FPO.

Campaigning with slogans such as “Foreign in your own country,” the FPO’s following has almost tripled in Styria. It rose from 10.6 percent to 27.1 percent, according to initial results.

Mario Kunasek ran for the FPO in Styria.

“Now there are three equally-weighted parties, it is up to us to accept the clear electoral mandate,” he said.

Austrian Chancellor and Social Democrat leader Werner Faymann gave his opinion on the result.

“The FPO decided to exploit the subject of immigration and all other insecurities to work people up,” he said.

It’s being touted a ‘super election year’ in Austria. Both Oberösterreich and Vienna will vote later in 2015, with the FPO leader Heinz-Christian Strache expected to stand for election in the capital.

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