Australia: Van der Bellen defeats Hofer in presidential election



    Australia: Van der Bellen defeats Hofer in presidential election

    May 23, Sydney: Alexander Van der Bellen has won Austria's presidential election, defeating Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer.

    According to the Interior Ministry, Van der Bellen won 50.3 percent of the vote compared to Hofer's 49.7 per cent after postal votes were counted.

    Announcing the result, the ministry said Van der Bellen had won 2,254,484 votes to Hofer's 2,223,458, a margin of 31,026 ballots.

    Hofer had led Van der Bellen by 51.9 percent to 48.1 percent after counting on Sunday. But the 750,000 postal votes - roughly 12 percent of Austria's 6.4 million registered voters - swayed the result.

    Van der Bellen campaigned on a pro-EU platform backed by the Greens Party.

    Hofer tapped into anti-EU sentiment and fears about rising numbers of asylum seekers. He conceded victory on his Facebook page.

    Hofer, 45, said it was a sad day and that he would have gladly served as president.

    The Oslo Times

     
     

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