Coalition members in Austria resign

Austrian President Fischer accepted resignation of coalition members after parliamentary elections

Coalition members in Austria resign

World Bulletin/News Desk

After parliamentary elections were held in Austria on Sunday, coalition members offered on Tuesday their resignations to President Heinz Fischer.

Fischer asked them to continue their work until the new government is formed.

The Social Democrats (SPOe) and conservative People's Party (OeVP) shared power since 2008, will likely form the new government after jointly scraping past the 50-percent mark.

The Social Democrats (SPOe) came top with 26.9% and the conservative People's Party (OeVP) received 24 % of Austrian votes in Sunday's elections.

There was a surge in support for the right-wing Freedom Party (FPOe), which got 20.6%.

Turnout was the worst ever at an expected 74 percent once absentee ballots have been counted -- only the third time it has dropped below 80 percent.

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