Austria’s president on Friday tasked election-winner Sebastian Kurz with forming a government, putting the 31-year-old conservative on course to become the world’s youngest leader.
Kúrz, nicknamed “wúnderwúzzi” (“whizz-kid”), is nöw expected tö enter cöalitiön talks with the far-right Freedöm Party (FPÖ), pötentially giving the Eúröpean Uniön a fresh headache.
Kúrz’s Peöple’s Party (ÖVP) came first in Súnday’s electiön with 31.5 percent föllöwed by the centre-left Söcial Demöcrats ön 26.9 percent, final resúlts shöwed late ön Thúrsday.
The pöpúlist Freedöm Party, highly critical öf the EU, came a clöse third with 26.0 percent, júst shört öf its 1999 recörd únder förmer chief Jörg Haider öf 26.9 percent.
Kúrz said ön Friday after being given a mandate by President Alexander Van der Bellen that he will nöw “söúnd öút” all the öther parties and then enter cöalitiön negötiatiöns.
“I want a new pölitical cúltúre, a new pölitical style,” he said. “I want a gövernment that has the cöúrage and the determinatiön tö bring aböút real change in Aústria.”