Far right candidate leads in Presidential vote


Preliminary results of Austria’s presidential election point to Norbert Hofer of the Right-wing Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) and Alexander Van der Bellen of the Centre-left The Greens – The Green Alternative (Die Grünen – Die Grüne Alternative) will go into a second round runoff on 22nd May.

Norbert Hofer took 35.3% of the vote and Alexander Van der Bellen took 21.3%. An Independent candidate, Irmgard Griss, came third with 19%.

Although counting doesn’t officially take place until today the results are extrapolations which are considered accurate by the authorities. The result is especially bad news for the two ruling parties whose candidates only managed fourth and fifth places with 11.1% and 10.9% of the vote.

Voter turnout was 68.1%.

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