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Austria: Vienna residents head to the polls as snap election kicks off

Austria, Vienna
September 29, 2019 at 07:31 GMT +00:00 · Published

Vienna residents began casting their ballots on Sunday as polls opened in Austria's snap parliamentary election which was called after then Chancellor Sebastian Kurz's coalition government collapsed in May, in the wake of the so-called 'Ibiza' scandal.

Kurz is once again the Austrian People's Party (OVP) candidate for chancellor with his party set to garner around 34 percent of the vote based on recent polling.

The far-right Freedom Party of Austria (FPO), who's then leader Heinz-Christian Strache resigned due to the scandal, is polling at around 20 percent, while the Social Democratic Party (SPO) is at 22 percent.

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Vienna residents began casting their ballots on Sunday as polls opened in Austria's snap parliamentary election which was called after then Chancellor Sebastian Kurz's coalition government collapsed in May, in the wake of the so-called 'Ibiza' scandal.

Kurz is once again the Austrian People's Party (OVP) candidate for chancellor with his party set to garner around 34 percent of the vote based on recent polling.

The far-right Freedom Party of Austria (FPO), who's then leader Heinz-Christian Strache resigned due to the scandal, is polling at around 20 percent, while the Social Democratic Party (SPO) is at 22 percent.

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