Austria’s Presidential Race: Far-Right Hofer Wins with 51.9%


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Ing. Norbert Hofer, 45, anti-immigration candidate of the Freedom Party won Austria’s Presidential election with 51.9 percent of the vote, referring to official data from the Ministry of the Interior states. The figures could change when postal ballots are counted on Monday.

The Ministry states that Green Party candidate Alexander van der Bellen, 74, gathered only 48.1 percent of the ballots cast.

For the first time since the Second World War, the main parties in Austria, socialist party (SPÖ) and Christian Democrats (ÖVP), were eliminated in the first round of elections on April 22 2016.

The defeated parties in alliance with the Muslim minorities in Austria have backed strongly Prof. Alexander van der Bellen in the second round of election.

The Freedom Party ran an anti-immigration campaign for the Austrian presidency which argues for tougher rules on asylum seekers and protecting Austria’s borders. About 90,000 foreigners asked for asylum in Austria since the last year, equivalent to about 1% of the Austrian population.

The presidency in Austria is a largely ceremonial post. The president has limited power, but a victory for Mr Hofer could be the springboard for Freedom Party success in the next parliamentary elections, scheduled for 2018.

The Freedom party is one of Europe’s best-established nationalist parties. In 2000, under Jörg Haider, its charismatic leader who died in a high-speed car crash in 2008, the party entered into a coalition government with the Christian Democrats – prompting other European countries to try to ostracise Austria.

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5 comments to Austria’s Presidential Race: Far-Right Hofer Wins with 51.9%

  • koolz

    Remove all Islam from Austria!
    Stop any others from entering.
    George Soro’s and his zionist thugs wil be pissed.
    And that is good for Islam mythology has no place in a Christian

  • Drooperdoo

    The media will try to discredit what’s happening by referring to it as “the rise of rightwing extremism”. Meanwhile, more objective critics will call it “the rise of nationalism”. But, in truth, what we’re watching is “the re-establishment of democracy”.

    In other words, after decades of globalism stamping out the peoples’ voice in their respective countries (and subordinating them to unelected bureaucrats who override their will) we’re watching populist movements across the West re-assert the supremacy of the people’s will. Not the globalists’.

  • Christine Grow

    Madame, you have fallen into the “right wing, left wing” gobbledygook of public relations language. Austria is a beautiful country, it’s people are intelligent and productive, the culture is primarily based on Christian values. It should surprise no one with a modicum of common sense that the Austrians do not wish to have their culture and their lands usurped by hordes of invaders with a very different way living.

  • Patricia Ress

    This Muslim immigration business is really ruining a lot of countries! I am afraid to go out after dark. Things are going to go from bad to worse SOON! Keep up the good work! We can’t give up; our heritage either!

  • Afshin Nejat

    Good news. Sick of stupidity getting the entire stage to itself.

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