Austria elects Green candidate as president in narrow defeat for far right


"Alexander Van der Bellen, a former Green party leader running as independent, pips the Freedom party’s Norbert Hofer. A leftwing, independent candidate has narrowly prevented Austria from becoming the first EU country to elect a far-right head of state after a knife-edge contest ended with his opponent conceding defeat.

Alexander Van der Bellen, a retired economics professor backed by the Green party, defeated Norbert Hofer, of the anti-immigrant, Eurosceptic Freedom party, a day after polling closed and only when more than 700,000 postal ballots – about 10% of available votes – were taken into account."


See the article: Austria elects Green candidate as president in narrow defeat for far right (Guardian, link)

 

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