Austria set to be run by right-wing Sebastian Kurz

Austrians are voting in an election which could see the country run by the world's youngest leader.

Conservative Sebastian Kurz, 31, is set to take power and form an alliance with the far-right.

He wants to cut benefits for all foreigners, slash Austria's red tape and keep the EU out of national affairs.

It would be a fresh headache for Brussels as it struggles with Brexit and the rise of nationalism in Germany, Hungary, Poland and elsewhere.

But all signs indicate that Austrians want to swap the gridlocked centrist rule for a more hardline government for the first time in a decade following an influx of asylum seekers.

Conservative Sebastian Kurz, 31, is set to take power and form an alliance with the far-right. He is pictured today with his girlfriend Susanne Thier

Conservative Sebastian Kurz, 31, is set to take power and form an alliance with the far-right. He is pictured today with his girlfriend Susanne Thier

Kurz has yanked his party to the right and is expected to seek a coalition with the far-right

Kurz has yanked his party to the right and is expected to seek a coalition with the far-right

The People's Party, rebranded by 'whizz-kid' Kurz as a 'movement', is forecast to reap more than 30 percent of the vote with pledges to go tough on migrants and easy on taxes.  

The eurosceptic Freedom Party is battling for second place with the beleaguered Social Democrats of incumbent Chancellor Christian Kern.

Kurz - who as new People's Party leader forced the snap vote in May by ending the coalition with Kern - has yanked his party to the right and is expected to seek a coalition with the far-right.

Founded by ex-Nazis in the 1950s, the Freedom Party almost won the presidency last year and topped opinion polls in the midst of Europe's migrant crisis. 

The People's Party is forecast to reap more than 30 percent of the vote with pledges to go tough on migrants and easy on taxes. Pictured is its leader Sebastian Kurz with his girlfriend Susanne Thier

The People's Party is forecast to reap more than 30 percent of the vote with pledges to go tough on migrants and easy on taxes. Pictured is its leader Sebastian Kurz with his girlfriend

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