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Austria: Presidential election too close to call after preliminary results02:19

Austria: Presidential election too close to call after preliminary results

Austria, Vienna
May 22, 2016 at 19:54 GMT -00:00 · Published

The preliminary results for Austria's presidential election were announced at Vienna’s Imperial Palace, on Sunday. It was hotly contested with the Freedom Party of Austria (FPO) presidential candidate Norbert Hofer receiving 51.9 percent of the vote and Green Party presidential candidate Alexander Van der Bellen receiving 48.1 percent.

Both candidates came to the Imperial Palace in Vienna after the polling stations were closed to give interviews to the waiting press.

Shortly before 20:00 local time (19:00 GMT), Minister of Interior Affairs Wolfgang Sobotka announced the results for the night, explaining that the additional result of the postal ballots, which reportedly make up 14 percent of Austria's 6.4 million eligible voters this year, will be expected by early evening on Monday.

Despite the Austrian presidency being a traditionally a symbolic post, frontrunner Hofer, who represents the anti-immigration FPO, has warned that he could use his position to dismiss governments that do not act on his party's immigration policy.

Austria: Presidential election too close to call after preliminary results02:19
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The preliminary results for Austria's presidential election were announced at Vienna’s Imperial Palace, on Sunday. It was hotly contested with the Freedom Party of Austria (FPO) presidential candidate Norbert Hofer receiving 51.9 percent of the vote and Green Party presidential candidate Alexander Van der Bellen receiving 48.1 percent.

Both candidates came to the Imperial Palace in Vienna after the polling stations were closed to give interviews to the waiting press.

Shortly before 20:00 local time (19:00 GMT), Minister of Interior Affairs Wolfgang Sobotka announced the results for the night, explaining that the additional result of the postal ballots, which reportedly make up 14 percent of Austria's 6.4 million eligible voters this year, will be expected by early evening on Monday.

Despite the Austrian presidency being a traditionally a symbolic post, frontrunner Hofer, who represents the anti-immigration FPO, has warned that he could use his position to dismiss governments that do not act on his party's immigration policy.

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