Right-wing candidate edged out in Austrian presidential vote

May 23, 2016 6:01 PM

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Right-wing candidate edged out in Austrian presidential vote

BERLIN — Elder statesman Alexander Van der Bellen beat back the far-right insurgent candidate in Austria’s high-stakes presidential race, claiming a wafer-thin victory in the final count Monday after a campaign that exposed the rise of populism in the West.

Van der Bellen, 72, had fallen behind in the election-day vote Sunday but edged out Norbert Hofer, a 45-year-old aeronautical engineer from the far-right Freedom Party, after winning a majority of the hundreds of thousands of absentee ballots counted Monday. The Austrian Interior Ministry declared V...

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