Werner Faymann

Far right falls short in Austria's presidential election; leftist wins

Far right falls short in Austria's presidential election; leftist wins

A left-wing candidate supported by virtually the entire political establishment has narrowly defeated a far-right populist in Austria’s presidential election after a campaign that splintered the country and caused turbulence across Europe.

 After absentee ballots were counted Monday, Alexander Van der Bellen, an independent candidate who once led the leftist Greens, emerged as the winner over Norbert Hofer, a 45-year-old gun-toting leader in the far-right Freedom Party who had railed against refugees and migrants as well as the political establishment in Austria. With just 31,000 votes separating the two out of more than 5 million cast, it was the closest...

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