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    THE AUSTRIAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION TAKES PLACE ON SUNDAY. THERE ARE TWO CANDIDATES -- DR. ALFONS?

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    THE AUSTRIAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION TAKES PLACE ON SUNDAY. THERE ARE TWO CANDIDATES -- DR. ALFONS GORBACH AND HERR FRANZ JONAS. BOTH MEN HAVE BEEN TOURING AUSTRIA THIS WEEK SEEKING SUPPORT.

    DR. GORBACH IS CANDIDATE FOR THE AUSTRIAN PEOPLE'S PARTY -- A CONSERVATIVE PARTY. HE WAS ONE OF THE AUSTRIAN POLITICIANS WHO, AT THE END OF WORLD WAR II, FAVOURED A POLICY OF RECONCILIATION TOWARDS FORMER NAZIS -- EVEN THOUGH HE HAD HIMSELF SPENT SEVERAL YEARS IN A CONCENTRATION CAMP. HE BECAME FEDERAL CHANCELLOR IN 1961, BUT WAS OUSTED BY THE RIGHT-WING MAJORITY OF HIS PARTY. THE PEOPLE'S PARTY HAVE EMBARKED ON AN "AMERICAN-TYPE" PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN. DR. GORBACH HAS TOURED ALL THE AUSTRIAN PROVINCES BY CAR AND HELICOPTER -- AND IN THE PAST FEW WEEKS HE HAS COVERED ABOUT 13,000 MILES (20,000 KMS).

    HIS OPPONENT, HERR JONAS, IS REPRESENTING THE SOCIALIST PARTY. HE IS AN EX-TYPESETTER. HE IS ASSURED OF COMMUNIST SUPPORT, AS WELL AS THE VOTES OF HIS WON PARTY. THE COMMUNISTS HOWEVER ARE SPLIT, AND A PRO-PEKING GROUP HAS ASKED ITS SUPPORTERS TO CAST "WHITE" BALLOT PAPERS.

    THE TWO PARTIES HAVE RULED AUSTRIA AS A COALITION SINCE 1945. THERE ARE NEARLY 5 MILLION ELIGIBLE VOTERS IN THE COUNTRY -- AND THERE IS A FINE OF 1,000 UNLESS THEY CAN PROVE THEY WERE ILL OR ABSENT ABROAD AT THE TIME.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6YLNN8O916U209Q5SABEZAER8
    Media URN:
    VLVA6YLNN8O916U209Q5SABEZAER8
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/05/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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