Austrian rightist snubbed

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VIENNA (AP) - In a snub for the right-wing populist Jorg Haider, fewer than 420,000 Austrians signed a petition backing a clampdown on immigrants and foreigners, on which Mr Haider had staked his political reputation.

The petition called for restriction of Austria's liberal refugee laws. Before it was opened for signatures last Monday, Mr Haider had predicted some 782,000 people would sign the petition - as many as voted for his Freedom Party in the last general elections in June, 1991.