Austrian Far Right Defeated in Cliffhanger Presidential Vote

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  • Green Van der Bellen beats Freedom Party’s Hofer to presidency
  • Defeated party doesn’t rule out contesting the result

Alexander Van der Bellen, has been elected as Austria’s president.

Photographer: Lisi Niesner/Bloomberg

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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