Austria Elections: Kurz's People's Party wins clear majority
Austrian People's Party leader declares early victory
Austria's Peoples Party and far-right make coalition deal
The Austrian People's Party is a Christian democratic and conservative political party in Austria. A successor to the Christian Social Party of the late 19th and early 20th centuries it was founded immediately following the reestablishment of the Republic of Austria in 1945, and since then has been one of the two largest Austrian political parties with the Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ). In federal governance, the ÖVP has spent most of the postwar era in a grand coalition with the SPÖ. Most recently, it has been junior partner in a coalition government with the SPÖ since 2007. However, the ÖVP won the 2017 election, having the greatest number of seats and formed a coalition with the national-conservative FPÖ. Its chairman, Sebastian Kurz, is the youngest chancellor in Austrian history.