18:37 GMT22 April 2021
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    The Austrian People's Party (OVP) headed by Sebastian Kurz is leading in the country's parliamentary elections with 31,3 of votes, according to the Austrian APA agency.

    With over a half of the total ballots counted, Sebastian Kurz's party has taken a lead in the election with over 30 percent of votes cast.

    The right-wing Freedom Party of Austria ranked second with 27,5 percent of the votes. The Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPO) ranked third for the first time in its history with 25,6 percent of votes.

    Austria is currently governed by the Grand Coalition of Social Democratic Party (SPO) and Austrian People's Party (OVP), but alleged win of OVP may significantly change the power balance.

    Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz called for a snap election after being chosen as the new leader of the conservative Austrian People's Party (OVP) in May amid tensions with a coalition partner, the left-wing Social Democratic Party (SPO). The foreign minister, who at 31 may become one of the youngest European leaders in modern history if his party wins the election, also announced that he would replace the regular OVP constituency selection process with a list of independent candidates backed by the party.

    The right-wing Austrian party is likely to repeat the success of the right-wing Alternative for Germany that entered the Bundestag for the first time as a result of gaining 94 seats in the parliament.

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    Austrian People's Party (OVP), Sebastian Kurz, Austria
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