Kurz-mania

The centre of political gravity in Austria shifted to the right after the conservative Austrian People’s party (ÖVP) came out top in national elections, making its 31-year-old leader, Sebastian Kurz, the world’s youngest head of government.

“I can promise you today that I will fight for change in this country with all my power,” Kurz told supporters at a rally. “I accept this responsibility with great humility.”

With 90% of the votes counted, the OVP has gained the largest share of Parliament’s powerful National Council, with more than 31% of the vote, state broadcaster ORF reports. That should translate to 62 of 183 seats, according to ORF.