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Austria's next general election will be held on September 29, at the end of the current five-year term of parliament, the country's Chancellor Karl Nehammer said on Tuesday, Reuters reported.

“At tomorrow's cabinet meeting, September 29 will be set as the date for elections to the National Council the lower house of parliament - ed.),” Nehammer wrote on his microblog at X.

Polls show the far-right Freedom Party (FPO) has a clear lead over its rivals, capitalizing on voter discontent with Nehammer's ruling coalition of conservatives and Greens, which has been spurred on by crises ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic to inflation well above the eurozone average.

The anti-immigration FPO party won Austria's European Parliament elections for the first time on Sunday, albeit by a margin of less than one percentage point over the Nehammer People's Party (OVP), less than opinion polls and election night projections had suggested.

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