VIENNA — The law-and-order candidate of Austria’s right-wing party swept the first round of presidential elections on Sunday, winning over 35 percent of the vote for the party’s best ever result. Government coalition contenders were among the five losers, signaling deep voter rejection and political uncertainty ahead.
The triumph by Norbert Hofer eclipses his Freedom Party’s best previous national showing — more than 27 percent support in 1996 elections that decided Austria’s membership in the European Union.
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