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Austria Election Results: Far Right Benefits from Voter Dissatisfaction - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International

The voters have spoken in Austria, and for the first time neither of the country's two largest parties managed to attract more than 30 percent of voters. It was the far-right parties that benefited from the electorate's frustration with the grand coalition's political shennanigans.

He does what he does best: beam. Werner Faymann raises his head and gazes out into the crowd. In the tent full of Social Democrats set up just a few meters from the Burg Theater, the applause is deafening. The loudspeaker is blaring "Don't stop thinking about tomorrow" as the head of Austria's Social Democratic SPÖ party mounts the podium and celebrates. Looking elegant in his dark suit and gray-blue tie, he glances around the room visibly touched. "We intend to build a government," he says, though his words are drowned out by the clapping.

by Fran on Mon Sep 29th, 2008 at 12:02:37 PM EST
While the combined 29% for the two far-right parties is a new record, it is not that much higher than what the still Haider-led FPÖ got in the infamous 1999 elections: 26.91%. In the same comparison with nine years ago, ther SPD fell 'only' by 3.5%, most of which seems to have moved to the Greens.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Sep 29th, 2008 at 12:10:35 PM EST
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