Austrian People's Party Leading in Parliamentary Elections - Exit Polls

Austrian People's Party Leading in Parliamentary Elections - Exit Polls

Austrian People's Party Leading in Parliamentary Elections - Exit Polls

Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz has been topping the polls.

He wants to cut benefits for all foreigners, slash Austria's red tape and keep the European Union out of national affairs.

ÖVP, which was branded during the campaign as Kurz's personal "movement", is expected to win about 30 percent of the votes, making it the largest party in the country. The current head of government and leader of the Social democratic party of Austria (SDHP) Christian Kern predict second place.

Austria's conservative People's Party, led by 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz, is set to win the country's general election, projections suggest. AfD finished third and made parliament for the first time.

Founded by ex-Nazis in the 1950s, the Freedom Party nearly won the presidency a year ago and topped opinion polls in the midst of Europe's migrant crisis.

In the Parliament, according to opinion polls, should also get right populist Austrian freedom party (fpö), to overcome the four percent barrier can and the Green and liberal party NEOS - "New Austria and liberal forum".

He told the assembled media he is confident of a positive result, hoping to make gains over the previous election in 2013, where his party took just over 20 percent of the vote.

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Meanwhile, the once-mighty Social Democrats could be flushed into opposition after their promising campaign suffered blunders and scandals.

Kern, in office since last May, issued a final warning Saturday against a right-wing alliance, saying "Austria was at the most important crossroads in decades".

Polling booths are expected to close at 5:00pm local time today.

Of nearly 8,8 million population of the Alpine Republic the right to vote, own 6.4 million citizens. At the age of 27, he became Austria's foreign minister and was praised for reducing the number of migrants who entered the country from the Balkans.

"We strongly urge Mr. Kurz to form a coalition of centrist parties and not be beholden to a party of the far-right in his new coalition government", EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor said.

'But the question is whether there is any getting around Strache after this election'.

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