Austrian People’s Party lose absolute majority in Vorarlberg


The Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) which rules nationally with the Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ) lost its absolute majority in the western state of Vorarlberg yesterday.

In the state election the centre-right ÖVP was reduced from 20 seats down to 16 seats in the 36 seat Landtage. In percentage terms they dropped from 50.79% to 41.8%, a nine percentage point drop. The right-wing Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) which came second in 2009 with nine seats retained all its seats but dropped from 25.12% support to 23.5%.

The major winners of the election were the centre-left Greens. They increased their percentage vote from 10.58% in 2009 to 17.1% yesterday. In seats that is an increase of two seats from four to six seats.

The centre-left Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ) retained its three seats but dropped from 10.02% to 8.8% in yesterday’s vote. Whilst new kids on the block, the NEOS – The New Austria, a centrist party formed in October 2012 took two seats and 6.9% of the vote, a disappointing result for them in a province in which they had hoped to do better.

The talk now is of a Black (ÖVP)/Green coalition.

Turnout was 63.83%.

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