Austria votes in run-off between far right, independent

May 22, 2016 6:16 PM

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Austria votes in run-off between far right, independent

VIENNA: Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party appeared to be in the lead initially, but Alexander Van der Bellen has moved ahead with nearly 80 per cent of votes.

For the first time since the World War II, both the main centrist parties were knocked out in the first round. A key issue in the campaign was Europe’s migrant crisis. About 90,000 people claimed asylum in Austria last year, equivalent to about 1 per cent of the Austrian population, and the Freedom ...

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