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Far-right makes gains in Vienna's city hall elections

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By Euronews  with Reuters, euronews
Far-right makes gains in Vienna's city hall elections

<p>A far-right populist party in Austria has scored its best ever results in the election for Vienna’s city hall.</p> <p>Support for The Freedom Party leaped to 31 percent , up more than five percentage points from the last election five years ago.</p> <p>Although they didn’t win, their garnering of almost a third of votes gave the governing Socialists a fight.</p> <p>Heinz Christian Strache, leader of the Freedom Party of Austria (<span class="caps">FPO</span>) </p> <p>“ Today Michael Haupl (Socialist mayor) is really one of the losers of the election, together with the Greens and the <span class="caps">OVP</span> (The Austrian People’s Party). Because for them their attitude is one of business as usual. They are not ready to take democratic results seriously. “</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Vienna's mayor fends off far-right challenge to hold on to power <a href="http://t.co/WK3Qqs3J6p">http://t.co/WK3Qqs3J6p</a></p>— – (@KangenGaa) <a href="https://twitter.com/KangenGaa/status/653388509340827648">October 12, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The Socialists (<span class="caps">SPO</span>) recorded a lower than usual vote, scoring just 39.5 percent – down five on the last outing and their worst showing in Vienna since World War ll. It’s thought they lost support over their open door policy towards migrants.</p>