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>> Austria appears headed to propel a 31 year-old conservative to the top of government, on his pledge to take the country into a more hard-line stance against the influx of refugees and migrants. Early exit polls of Sunday's election suggest Sebastian Kurz will take his party into a very narrow majority, positioning himself as the next Chancellor.
Currently the Foreign Minister, he would stand to be one of the world's youngest leaders.
rz's campaign to shut down migrant routes into Europe after Austria's taken in hundreds of thousands of people, many fleeing war and poverty. They account for roughly 1% of Austria's population, one of the highest ratios on the continent.
Many of Kurz's supporters believe the country's been overrun. He also wants to clamp down on benefits for those already inside the country's borders. Kurz's rise would overthrow the left-leaning incumbent Chancellor, Christian Kern. Kern's Social Democrats and Kurz's People's Party used to be allied, and the two have dominated Austrian politics for decades.
But the new conservative majority is projected to be thin, so Kurz might turn to far-right Freedom Party for a new coalition, making them potential king makers. The migrant crisis has contributed to a trend of increasing influence for the far-right across Europe.