Austrian far right Freedom Party (FPOe) presidential candidate Norbert Hofer addresses a news conference in Vienna in Vienna, Austria, January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File Photo
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Austrian voters look set to shake the foundations of the centrist coalition government in a presidential election Sunday and may give yet another boost to the anti-Islam Freedom Party as Europe's migrant crisis rumbles on.Hofer got 24 percent support in a recent poll by market researcher OGM, while van der Bellen got 25 percent as his lead over his rival shrinks.Hofer, a 45-year-old shooting fan, has called Europe's deal on migrants with Turkey "fatal" and does not want neutral Austria, a major destination for refugees from the Middle East and Afghanistan, to become a land of immigration.The candidates from the centrist parties, one in their 60s and the other their 70s, were floundering on about 11 and 15 percent in the OGM poll.Recent polls for parliamentary elections, due to take place in 2018, show the Freedom Party above 30 percent, while the coalition parties would struggle to get a combined majority.
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