Austria: far-right Hofer gets presidential poll first round landslide

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Austria: far-right Hofer gets presidential poll first round landslide

<p>It is the best result ever for Austria’s far-right Freedom Party in a national election.</p> <p>Presidential candidate Norbert Hofer, campaigning on an anti-immigration, anti-Europe platform, has won more than 36 percent of votes cast in Sunday’s poll according to first projections from public broadcaster <span class="caps">ORF</span>, with his nearest rivals far behind.</p> <p>Hofer will still face a run-off ballot next month, however, having failed to win a majority of first round votes.</p> <br /> <br /> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Far-Right gun enthusiast, environmentalist set to demolish old order of politics in Austria <a href="https://t.co/yiiPF0FXNb">https://t.co/yiiPF0FXNb</a> <a href="https://t.co/dwqUHVi7Rx">pic.twitter.com/dwqUHVi7Rx</a></p>— Telegraph World News (@TelegraphWorld) <a href="https://twitter.com/TelegraphWorld/status/724185984200523777">24 avril 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <br /> <p>There, he is set to go head to head with Green Party veteran Alexander van der Bellen, running as an independent. </p> <p>Projections put van der Bellen narrowly ahead of third placed fellow independent Irmgard Griss – a former high court chief justice – who has been campaigning to become Austria’s first female president.</p> <p>For the first time, candidates from the two main parties that have dominated Austrian post-war politics won’t be taking the top job. They have been eliminated in the first round of voting.</p> <p>The presidential campaign for the largely ceremonial post has been dominated by the migrant crisis, with Austria having become a major destination for refugees.</p> <p>A second round ballot is expected to be scheduled for May 22. </p> <p>The incumbent, 77-year-old Social Democrat Heinz Fischer, cannot run for a third term after two six-year terms in office.</p>