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Austrians are voting in a general election

Publish Time 2017-10-15 16:10:00

Tags:Austria

Polling stations have opened in Austria, where voters will decide whether the country moves towards the right after decades of centrist policies.

Three parties are vying for first place in Sunday's national election: the Social Democrats, the People's Party and the Freedom Party.

The centre-left Social Democrats have campaigned on reducing social inequality. The other two have focused on concerns about immigration and Islam.

Both the People's Party and the Freedom Party have called for securing Austria's borders and quickly deporting asylum-seekers whose requests are denied.

Polls show the popularity of People's Party head Sebastian Kurz has put his party ahead. At 31, he would become Europe's youngest leader if his party wins and he can form a government.

Source: Independent 

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