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Austria: Hofer greeted by supporters after election results too close to call01:21

Austria: Hofer greeted by supporters after election results too close to call

Austria, Vienna
May 23, 2016 at 00:05 GMT +00:00 · Published

Far-right Freedom Party (FPO) presidential candidate Norbert Hofer appeared in front of his supporters at the FPO headquarters in Vienna, Sunday, after the preliminary results for Austria's presidential election were announced as too close to call, with both Hofer and his main rival receiving around 50 percent of the vote.

The preliminary results for Austria's presidential election were announced at Vienna's Imperial Palace, on Sunday, 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.

Austrian 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, around 900,000 votes, 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: Hofer greeted by supporters after election results too close to call01:21
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Far-right Freedom Party (FPO) presidential candidate Norbert Hofer appeared in front of his supporters at the FPO headquarters in Vienna, Sunday, after the preliminary results for Austria's presidential election were announced as too close to call, with both Hofer and his main rival receiving around 50 percent of the vote.

The preliminary results for Austria's presidential election were announced at Vienna's Imperial Palace, on Sunday, 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.

Austrian 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, around 900,000 votes, 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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