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Young party leader declares victory in Austria

Published:Monday | October 16, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, head of Austria’s People’s Party.

VIENNA (AP):

The leader of Austria's right-leaning People's Party has declared victory in a national election that puts him on track to become Europe's youngest head of government.

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz claimed the win last night after projections gave his party a comfortable lead with more than 90 per cent of the ballots counted.

The projections had the People's Party getting 31.4 per cent of the vote, a gain of more than seven percentage points from the 2013 election.

Final results will not be available until midweek after absentee ballots and ballots cast by voters away from their home districts are counted.

The projections showed the centre-left Social Democrats receiving 26.6 per cent and the vote and the anti-migrant, euroskeptic Freedom Party 26.5 per cent.

The country now is governed by a Social Democratic-People's Party coalition.