Sunday, September 28, 2008

Austria 'lurched to the right'

Exit polls, and early counts, indicate that that Austria has lurched to the Far Right who are making big gains according to the Austrian Times . With two thirds of the vote counted the Social Democrats (SPÖ) had just 29.8% and the conservative People's party (ÖVP) just 25.7%. This is down from 35.34% and 34.33% respectively in 2006. The main gains have been for the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) and the Alliance for the Future of Austria (BZÖ). Both far right parties.

The FPÖ stood at 18% up from 11.4% in 2006, while the BZÖ managed to get 10.9 percent, up from 4.11% in 2006. The Greens were down 1% to 10%.

The FPÖ are a controversial party in Austria who are sympathetic to Nazi ideas and symbols.

Forming a government could be a long process for Austria, but a right/far-right coalition seams most likely to me as the numbers look like they will add up.

More information:
Austrian Times - Election results in detail
Austrian Times - Far Right make big gains in Austrian elections

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