Far-Right Party in Austria Challenges Results of Presidential Vote

June 8, 2016 12:32 PM

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Far-Right Party in Austria Challenges Results of Presidential Vote

VIENNA — The far-right Freedom Party of Austria filed a legal challenge on Wednesday over the results of the country’s presidential election, disputing the outcome of the May 22 runoff, in which the party’s candidate, Norbert Hofer, was narrowly defeated.

Austrian officials said there was no precedent for a challenge to the outcome of a presidential election in the history of modern Austria, a federal republic that was reconstituted in 1945 from the ashes of Nazi Germany, which annexed the country in 1938.

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