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April 24, 2016 9:50 pm

Far-Right Party Wins First Round of Presidential Elections in Austria

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The Queen Maria Theresia Monument in Vienna, Austria. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The Queen Maria Theresia Monument in Vienna, Austria. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Austria’s far-right Freedom Party candidate has come top in the first round of presidential elections, preliminary results show.

Norbert Hofer has about 36% of the votes for the mostly ceremonial role – not enough to avoid a run-off in May. He is likely to face Alexander Van der Bellen, an independent contender backed by the Greens, who is polling 20%.

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