No Left/Far-Right Coalition for Austria

There is no way for a Social Democrat (SPÖ) and the Freedom Party (FPÖ) to form a coalition Government according to the Austrian Times. The final election results are as follows:

Social Democrats (SPÖ): 29.3 (35.3) – 57 MPs (68)
Austrians People’s Party (ÖVP): 26.0 (34.3) – 51 MPs (66)
Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ): 17.5 (11.0) – 34 MPs (21)
Alliance for the Future of Austria (BZÖ): 10.7 (4.1) – 21 MPs (7)
Grüne: 10.4 (11.1) – 20 MPs (19)
Liberal Forum (LIF): 2.1 (-) – 0 MPs (1)
Liste Fritz: 1.8 (-) – 0 MPs (0)
Others: 2.2 – 0 MPs (0)

2006 results in brackets.

92 seats are needed to form a government. The possible coalitions are a continuation of the ‘Grand Coalition’ of the SPÖ and ÖVP (108 seats). A right wing coalition of the ÖVP, FPÖ and the BZÖ (106 seats). A SPÖ, ÖVP and Grüne coalition (128 seats) has also been mooted but is unlikely as the SPÖ and ÖVP would already hold a comfortable majority.

I wonder how the talks will pan out…

Author: Stephen

Cork born and bred, proud European and Irishman. Involved in many organisations and politics. Also writes for and UCC Express.

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