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VIENNA (Reuters) – Austrian conservative leader Sebastian Kurz triumphed in Sunday’s parliamentary election while the scandal-substandard far apt took a beating and the Greens surged, leaving Kurz the chance of forming a coalition with either of them.

The election adopted the collapse in May maybe maybe well additionally just of Kurz’s coalition with the far-apt Freedom Celebration (FPO) after a video sting scandal that compelled FPO Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache to step down.

Kurz, 33, emerged largely unscathed from the scandal, even siphoning off voters from the FPO as extra allegations surfaced final week over lavish and maybe false prices Strache claimed from the celebration. Strache denies wrongdoing.

As suggested by opinion polls for months, Kurz’s Of us’s Celebration (OVP) came a cushty first, with 37.1% of the vote, basically based on a projection by pollster SORA for nationwide broadcaster ORF in step with a depend of all but postal ballots.

“It turn out to be as soon as a fancy four months and now the population has voted us wait on in,” Kurz told his supporters, with out indicating what his coalition favor will be.

Kurz stated he’s going to within the starting set up scheme shut talks with all events in parliament and has no longer dominated out any alternatives.

His two maybe coalition alternatives are to ally with the FPO all over again or with the Greens, maybe in a three-design tie-up with the liberal Neos. A centrist coalition with the Social Democrats is mathematically that you would name to mind but no longer most likely below their present management.

The SORA projection showed the Social Democrats coming 2nd with 21.7%, their worst result since World War Two but quiet properly earlier than the FPO on 16.1% and the resurgent Greens on a file 14.0%. The projection had a margin of error of 0.7 share level.

“The ball is in Sebastian Kurz’s court now,” the left-flee Greens’ campaign supervisor Thimo Fiesel told ORF when requested a couple of coalition with Kurz. “There is quiet a majority (for Kurz’s OVP) with the FPO.”

High candidate of Peoples Celebration (OeVP) and aged Chancellor Sebastian Kurz gestures subsequent to Freedom Celebration (FPOe) prime candidate Norbert Hofer and Austria’s NEOS Celebration prime candidate Beate Meinl-Reisinger throughout a TV dialogue after the announcement of Austria’s snap parliamentary election on the Hofburg palace in Vienna, Austria September 29, 2019. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

While the FPO even issued campaign movies racy to Kurz to revive their coalition, they were far less smitten by Sunday after their piece of the vote collapsed by around 10 functions when put next with the final election in 2017.

“It is no longer decrease than no longer skill,” FPO leader Norbert Hofer told ORF when requested if the celebration would slip into authorities with Kurz, adding that with far fewer votes than two years ago FPO would be significantly weakened in any coalition talks.

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Austrian voters’ prime whine is the environment, surveys display camouflage, which helped take the Greens from decrease than 4% of the vote in 2017, when they crashed out of parliament.

While the Greens would possibly maybe maybe maybe give Kurz a slim majority, his celebration is cautious of being on the mercy of a handful of its left-flee lawmakers. If he does ally with the Greens he would possibly maybe maybe maybe consequently of this truth gape a three-design deal collectively with the liberal, skilled-commercial Neos, who are on 7.8%.

It would possibly maybe maybe maybe maybe maybe take time for the Greens and Kurz to convince their supporters about working collectively. Many Greens voters see Kurz as their enemy since he brought the far-apt to vitality. Many of Kurz’s core voters, equivalent to farmers and mammoth commercial, are cautious of the left-flee Greens.

“I’ve regularly had the impression that Mr Kurz continues to cherish turquoise-blue,” Greens leader Werner Kogler told ORF, referring to an OVP-FPO tie-up. “He turn out to be as soon as praising its insurance policies up until the day gone by … We’ll see if they appreciate all over again.”

Kogler has stated he’s appealing to scheme shut exploratory talks but handiest if Kurz reveals mercurial that he’s well-known.

A tie-up with the Greens would no longer decrease than spare Kurz the whiff of scandal that will maybe maybe maybe accompany the FPO.

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Requested whom he would possibly maybe maybe additionally quiet work with, Kurz supporter Jutta Hummel, 58, stated at his election celebration: “Completely no longer the Freedom Celebration. That turn out to be as soon as a total flop sooner than.”

But some other, Paul Widmann, turn out to be as soon as less smitten by the Greens, asserting: “They plot politics for folks residing in cities, no longer in rural areas where they want a automobile.”

Many politicians and analysts query a protracted period of coalition talks that will maybe maybe maybe leave the present provisional authorities of civil servants led by aged scheme shut Brigitte Bierlein in space until Christmas or later.

Writing by Francois Murphy; Extra reporting by Michael Shields; Editing by David Goodman/ Gareth Jones/Susan Fenton