New Austrian governing coalition forged; far-right not included in gov't

Austria's center-left Social Democrats and the conservative People's Party announced on Sunday they have agreed to form a governing coalition, rebuilding the partnership that collapsed earlier this year. The announcement comes almost two months after the Social Democrats won the most votes in Sept. 28 parliamentary elections, but not enough votes to govern alone. The People's Party came in second in an election that also showed strong gains for Austria's far-right parties. The two parties forged a fragile coalition after October 2006 elections. But the coalition collapsed in July after 18 months. Their agreement to form a partnership again means neither of the far-right parties will be represented in the government.