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Last Updated: Monday, 29 September, 2003, 02:35 GMT 03:35 UK
Poll losses for Austrian far-right
By Bethany Bell
BBC correspondent in Vienna

There have been heavy losses for Austria's far right Freedom Party in provincial elections.

Final results from the votes in the provinces of upper Austria and Tyrol show a major setback for the far-right Freedom Party.

The party, once Europe's most successful far-right movement, has fallen on hard times.

Joerg Haider
The Freedom Party lost support after a power struggle led by Haider
Although it is still the junior partner in Austria's governing coalition, its supporters dropped by more than half to 8.4% in upper Austria and to 8% in Tyrol.

There was better news for its coalition partner, the Conservative People's Party, which maintained its hold on both provinces.

And the Social Democrats appear to have gained from the Freedom Party's losses, coming second in both Tyrol and upper Austria.

The Freedom Party lost around two-thirds of its support in national elections in November.

That followed a power struggle led by its former leader, Joerg Haider, which toppled the last coalition government.




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