Austrian Far Right Defeated in Cliffhanger Presidential VoteBy and
Green Van der Bellen beats Freedom Party’s Hofer to presidency
Defeated party doesn’t rule out contesting the result
Austria elected economics professor Alexander Van der Bellen to be the country’s next president by a razor-thin margin, foiling Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer’s bid to become the first far-right head of state in western Europe since World War II.
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