VIENNA (AP) — Austrians vote Sunday in an election meant to restore political normality after a scandal that brought down conservative ex-Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s center-right coalition in May.
The 33-year-old Kurz is strongly favored to return to power.
The country of 8.8 million people in the heart of Europe has been run by a non-partisan interim administration under Chancellor Brigitte Bierlein, a former head of its top court, since the drama in spring that led to Kurz pulling the plug on his coalition with the far-right Freedom Party and then being ousted in a parliamentary confidence vote.
The election offers a test of the far-right party’s recovery from the scandal that brought down its longtime leader.
Polls show a big lead for Kurz’s center-right People’s Party.