Austria presidential vote: Postal ballots to decide result..Van der Bellen elected president


Postal ballots will decide Austria’s presidential election after polling station results from Sunday’s vote gave the far-right candidate a slender lead.

Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party was slightly ahead of his rival, Alexander Van der Bellen, the interior ministry said on Sunday.

If elected, Mr Hofer would be the first far-right head of state in the EU.

A key campaign issue was Europe’s migrant crisis, which has seen asylum-seeker numbers soar.

About 90,000 people claimed asylum in Austria last year, equivalent to about 1% of the Austrian population, and the Freedom Party ran an anti-immigration campaign.

Some 750,000 postal votes from roughly 12% of Austria’s 6.4m voters are due to be counted on Monday.

Austria’s election has revealed a profound split over which direction the nation should take.

Support for the Freedom Party has risen in recent years because deep frustration with the established parties of the centre left and centre right. Fears about the migrant crisis have boosted the far right still further.

The presidency is a mainly ceremonial post, but a victory for the Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer would give momentum to populist and far- a fortnight agoright parties in other European countries.

He is an honorary member of the conservative school fraternity (pennal-conservative Burschenschaft) Marko-Germania zu Pinkafeld and a honorary knight of the Order of St. George.


the “freedom” party got rolled by postal votes..

Alexander Van der Bellen has won Austria’s presidential election, preventing Norbert Hofer from becoming the EU’s first far-right head of state.

Mr Van der Bellen, a pro-EU independent backed by the Greens, beat Mr Hofer by just 31,000 votes among the 4.64m cast.

The president-elect vowed to address the “divisions” among Austrians that the poll had “made visible”.

Mr Hofer’s campaign had targeted anti-EU feelings and fears about migrants. He said his defeat was a “sad day”.

small margin but thats enough..dont know much about va der bellen if any of the readers can fill us in please do so..


~ by seeker401 on May 24, 2016.

18 Responses to “Austria presidential vote: Postal ballots to decide result..Van der Bellen elected president”

  1. Austria’s new president Alexander Van der Bellen: The green professor who beat the far-right

    As Austrian president, he dreams of a fence-free “United States of Europe” that defends the rights of minority groups.

    An outspoken supporter of gay marriage, the divorced and recently remarried father-of-two garnered signatures from more than 4,000 public figures in the course of his presidential campaign.

    This prompted a seemingly unimpressed Mr Hofer to attack his rival for being too highbrow: “You have the glitterati, but I have the people,” he snapped.

    In his private life, Mr Van der Bellen admits to two weaknesses: Donald Duck comics and cigarettes.

    “I once quit for four months … but why should I torture myself at my age!” he said.

  2. Cheating with the mail-in ballots…not very original.

  3. they machines need to be on or they loose they loose when 11% want Oxi
    btw so far not ties to rothches on this guy


  5. Austrian far right challenges presidential poll result

  6. Austrian presidential election result overturned and must be held again
    Court overturns result of election in which Alexander Van der Bellen narrowly beat far-right candidate Norbert Hofer

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