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Far-right Hofer set for victory in tight Austrian election

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Far-right Hofer set for victory in tight Austrian election

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Polls are open in the second round of voting in Austria’s presidential election.
The ballot could herald the election of the European Union’s first far-right head of state.
Norbert Hofer, of the Freedom Party polled 35 percent of the vote in the first round, well short of a majority, but enough to send a shudder through Europe as far-right parties gain ground in a number of EU member states.


Immigration has dominated the campaign with 90,000 people claiming asylum in Austria last year.
The Freedom Party has campaigned on an anti-immigration ticket.

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