Right wing hardliner Susanne Winter
FPO leader Heinz-Christian Strache has distanced himself from Graz FPO politician Susanne Winter's 'blasphemous' remarks against Islam.
Strache said that he will take care to ensure that party members avoid statements in the future that could be taken out of context. He made the remarks during his visit to Antwerp in Belgium on Friday.
Senior Austrian officials have clobbered right-wing hardliner Susanne Winter for fueling Islamophobia in a recent election campaign.
Austrian Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer denounced Winter's 'inexcusable' comments, saying she had absolutely no right to attempt to undermine the values and beliefs of an acknowledged religion.
Vice-Chancellor Wilhelm Molterer also said he would strive to prevent such narrow-minded candidates from entering politics.
Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik lamented the fact that such 'deliberate and offensive' remarks had been made.
Austrian President Heinz Fischer described the comments as 'intolerable and outrageous'.