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World IN BRIEF : AUSTRIA : Far Rightist Makes Comeback in Vote

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A leader of Austria’s far-right movement, dumped from office for saying Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler at least “had sound employment policy,” made a political comeback in a provincial election that tripled his party’s share of the vote. Joerg Haider’s Freedom Party captured 15.4% of the vote in the southeastern province of Steiermark, raising its representation in the 46-seat Assembly from two to nine seats. In 1986, the party won only 4.6%. Haider, 41, was not a candidate this time, but his face was on campaign posters. Earlier, deputies in Carinthia province voted him out as governor after his remark about Hitler. The conservative People’s Party took 44.2% and the Social Democrats won 35% in the Steiermark election.


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