Austrian Right Wing Strong in 1st Round of Presidential Vote

April 24, 2016 5:26 PM

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VIENNA — The law-and-order candidate of Austria's right-wing party swept the first round of presidential elections on Sunday, gathering over 35 percent of the vote for the party's best ever result and leaving the other five candidates far behind. Among the losers were the government coalition candidates, reflecting deep voter rejection and political uncertainty ahead.

The triumph by Norbert Hofer eclipses his Freedom Party's best previous showing — more than 27 percent support in elections that decided Austria's membership in the European Union. With his declared willingness to challenge the governing coalition of center-left Social Democrats and centrist People'...

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