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Conservatives win Austrian election but still need coalition

Conservatives win Austrian election but still need coalition

Austrian conservative leader Sebastian Kurz triumphed in Sunday’s parliamentary election, as widely expected, but he will need a coalition partner to form a stable government. Meanwhile, support for the far-right Freedom party (FPÖ) fell by more than a third as voters punished the party for a corruption scandal that brought down the government. ‘It was an incredibly difficult election campaign, the FPÖ leader, Norbert Hofer, told supporters. ‘We all had to carry our load, and every day another stone was added to it,’ he said, seeming to refer to the undercover video of then vice-chancellor offering lucrative public contracts in exchange for campaign support
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