Sebastian Kurz is all set to lead Austria, becoming the youngest leader in Europe and the first millennial in the world to do so. In the national elections that were held on Sunday, the 31-year-old's party appears to have emerged victorious. It is most likely that Kurz will be sworn in as the chancellor. It is no secret that Kurz has been the trump card that the People's Party has wielded in this election. The party, which had been falling behind in the race, at third place, shot to the forefront after Kurz was given leadership position and the man has justified it today by taking the party to victory.
No party gets majority
Interestingly, Kurz's party has not won the majority of votes in an election where there was no majority win that proclaimed a clear winner. Thanks to this fact, it is believed that a grueling round of talks will be undertaken soon to finalize the coalition government. The final results are not out yet regarding the election but the trend so far puts Kurz's People's Party well ahead of the rest with 31.4% votes. The party that garnered the second highest number of votes is the Freedom Party, which is followed by the Social Democratic Party of Austria. The last is now in a coalition with the People's Party. It was when this coalition between the People's Party and the Social Democratic Party came into being that Kurz's political career also took a leap ahead as he was appointed a foreign minister for Austria.
From youngest diplomat to youngest leader
When he assumed office as foreign minister, Kurz was Europe's youngest top diplomat. He appears to have moved ahead with the same aggressive pace to become the youngest leader today. Among his major achievements that garnered international fame and attention are his talks about Tehran's nuclear program with Iran and other countries. He has also met with John Kerry, in the latter's capacity as U.S. Secretary of State, before Tillerson took over this role. These and many other international events ensured that Kurz came into the spotlight in global politics as a figure to be reckoned with.
His move to address the rampant migration into Europe made him a popular leader and this favor only strengthened when he made a request for better, stronger external border control measures. The overland route via West Balkans was shut down, thanks mainly to his efforts.