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Opposition Leads in Federal Elections

October 02, 2006|From Times Wire Reports

Austria's opposition Social Democrats won nationwide elections, swinging the country to the center-left after more than six years of influence by the extreme right, final unofficial returns showed.

With all but absentee ballots counted, the Social Democrats had 35.7% of the vote and the conservative People's Party had 34.2%, Interior Minister Liese Prokop said.

Immigration had been a central theme of the campaign, with bitter debates over how to integrate foreigners into Austrian society.

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