Austrian far-right triumphs in presidential vote

The candidat of the far-right Freedom Party Norbert Hofer drops his ballot at the polling station at the first round of presidental elections on April 24, 2016 in Pinkafeld, AustriaNorbert Hofer of the Freedom Party (FPOe) won 36 percent of the vote, preliminary results showed, with the candidates from the two centrist government parties failing to even make it into a second-round runoff on May 22. “This is the beginning of a new political era,” FPOe leader Heinz-Christian Strache said after what constitutes the best-ever result at federal level for the former party of the late Joerg Haider, calling it a “historic result”. “One thing has become clear here — a huge and massive dissatisfaction with the government,” Strache said.

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