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Local elections in Austria
Salzburg: Communists and SPÖ are neck and neck – defeat for ÖVP

The People's Home of the Austrian Communist Party in Salzburg

The People's Home of the Austrian Communist Party in Salzburg.

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The tremendous election 12 months in Austria begins with a neighborhood election. The communists pull off one other coup in Salzburg. The conservative ÖVP, which governs the federal authorities, has suffered a defeat at this stage.

In Austria, the tremendous election 12 months 2024 started with a defeat for the conservative ÖVP and one other coup by the communists. After the native elections within the state of Salzburg on Sunday, the ÖVP can not nominate the mayor within the state capital because it did final attributable to a dramatic decline in voters. According to official info, the candidates from the social democratic SPÖ and the communist KPÖ had been every with virtually 30 p.c, nicely forward of the ÖVP candidate with 21 p.c. This signifies that in two weeks there might be a runoff election between Bernhard Auinger (SPÖ) and Kay-Michael Dankl (KPÖ). In town of Salzburg, the difficulty of inexpensive housing performed an essential function within the election marketing campaign.

Political panorama in Salzburg: KPÖ continues its profitable course

According to the preliminary outcomes, the SPÖ and the KPÖ had been additionally far forward of the ÖVP within the native council elections within the metropolis of Salzburg. In the remaining virtually 120 municipalities within the state, the ÖVP remained largely steady, much like the SPÖ. The right-wing FPÖ recorded a rise.

The KPÖ had already achieved nice success nationwide within the state elections in Salzburg a 12 months in the past with virtually twelve p.c. One of the particular options of the KPÖ is that its officers and representatives donate a big a part of their salaries to these in want or for social functions. In Graz, Elke Kahr, a communist, has been ruling Austria's second largest metropolis since 2021.

In Austria, the National Council and in addition the state parliaments of the federal states of Vorarlberg and Styria might be elected this 12 months. On prime of that, the EU elections will happen on June ninth.