The ruling socialist mayor of Vienna, Michael Haupl, was victorious despite the threat presented by far-right party Freedom Party of Austria (FPO) in the local elections the city awoke to news of on Monday morning. One newspaper noted that the "blue wonder" - the colour of FPO - was stopped. With most of the votes counted, results showed that the socialist party SPO ended with around 39.5 percent of the votes, while FPO ended up second with around 31 percent of the votes. Other parties already announced they would not form a coalition with FPO, which makes it almost sure that Haupl will continue to govern the city. Michael Haupl, an SPO candidate, has been mayor of Vienna for more than 20 years. In the 2010 local elections, the SPO won with 44.3 percent of the votes, forming a coalition with the Green party. On the other side, the FPO gained an electoral boost as a result of increasing anti-refugee sentiment after a major influx of refugees into Austria over recent months, achieving its best result to date in an electoral process. Previously it only managed to obtain just 25.8 percent of the votes.
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