Tuesday 27 September 2016

Anti-migrant far right candidate has narrow lead in Austrian presidential election

Published 22/05/2016 | 19:09

Presidential candidates Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party (FPOe) and Alexander Van der Bellen (L) who is supported by the Greens party, shake hands before a TV debate. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader
Presidential candidates Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party (FPOe) and Alexander Van der Bellen (L) who is supported by the Greens party, shake hands before a TV debate. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader

The preliminary result of Austria's presidential vote on Sunday showed far-right candidate Norbert Hofer ahead of independent Alexander van der Bellen, but by a margin so narrow that as-yet uncounted postal ballots were set to prove decisive, according to Interior Ministry data.

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Hofer was in the lead on 51.9 percent, ahead of former Greens leader van der Bellen on 48.1 percent, the data showed. Both candidates said the result woud not be known until Monday, when a count of postal ballots was due to finish.

A SORA projection for ORF television made the race a statistical dead heat.

Reuters

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