According to the Austrian election forecast, 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz (Sebastian Kurz) led the Austrian conservative People’s Party will win the country’s general election.
Kurz will become the world’s youngest national leader.
The People’s Party will win more than 31% of the vote, it is still unclear which part of the Social Democratic Party and the right-wing Liberal Party will be ranked second.
Kurz led the party without a majority, and will join forces with the anti-immigrant Liberal Party.
“It was time to change the country,” Kurz said to his supporters: “Today is a strong instruction for us to change the country and thank you for making it true.”
“I am flattered and very happy and look forward to working for Austria.”
Who is Sebastian Kurz?
Before the election, Kurz was Europe’s youngest foreign minister, who was appointed in 2013, only 27 years old.
In May 2017 he became the leader of the People’s Party. He began his political career in the party’s youth department and became chairman of the youth department, then went to the city council in Vienna.
His nickname is “Wunderwuzzi”, which can be translated as “the man who can walk on the water”, he was brought with the French and Canadian young leaders Emmanuel Macron (Emmanuel Macron) and Justin · Justin Trudeau.
Like Markron, Kurz also launched a campaign to repack the People’s Party, a political party that has been in power for more than 30 years, for the New People’s Party.
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What is the main question?
Before voting, immigration is the most important issue. After the refugee crisis in Europe in 2015, Kurz led the whole party to the right.
He vowed to close the passage of refugees to Europe, to limit the welfare of the refugees, and to prohibit the refugees from receiving benefits until they lived in Austria for five years, which attracted conservative and right-wing voters.
To the right is seen as a response to the success of the Liberal Party, the Liberal Party in December last year’s presidential election defeat, its candidate Norbert Hofer (Norbert Hofer) by the Green Party candidate Alexander Van der Bailen (Alexander Van der Bellen) defeated.
This position is very popular among Austrian voters after immigration and refugee immigration from the Middle East and North Africa.
The Liberal Party accused Kurz of plagiarizing their policies, and his candidate, Heinz-Christian Strache, called Kurz the “liar”.
What happens after?
Kurtz is bound to get the most votes, but may not reach the majority. If the forecast is accurate, he will need to form a coalition government, most likely with the Liberal Party.
This spring, the final alliance between the Social Democrats and the Conservatives broke down, and might be reluctant to restart the coalition. However, with the populist right-wing Liberal coalition may be controversial in other EU countries.
Kurz refused to discuss his plan, saying he would discuss with other parties. He said he wanted to wait for the end result.
The Liberal Party’s vote was as high as 26.9%, indicating that the European right-wing forces in France and the Netherlands did not disappear after the failure.
Before the Liberal Party achieved great success, last month the neighboring German German right wing also made an election breakthrough.
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What about the opposition party?
The current prime minister, Social Democratic Party leader, Christian Kern, seems to be sure to step down. Prior to the campaign, broke a few scandals, including allegations that his advisers led the network with smear campaigns against Kurz.
Kern Sunday (October 15) said that despite the failure of the party, he did not want to retire. He told the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation: “I have said, I will stay in politics for 10 years, there are still nine years.”
After a year in turmoil, the Greens support internal migrants cracks, it has become uncertain whether they will get 4% of the votes – one of the smaller parties in parliament threshold.