The far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) played on fears of a growing Muslim population in Austria on Saturday as it launched a parliamentary election campaign aimed at becoming part of the next government.

FPOe leader Heinz-Christian Strache said a vote for the FPOe was the only way to reverse the open-door migration policies of the current coalition of the Democratic Party (SPOe) and the centre-right People's Party (OeVP).

"They would lead us further into the abyss in the next five years," he said. "The Austrian population must not become a minority in its own country because of this dramatic political mistake."

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