Far-right Freedom Party challenges Austrian presidential election

Austria's far-right Freedom Party has challenged the presidential election that its candidate Norbert Hofer lost by a narrow margin, the Constitutional Court said Wednesday in Vienna.

Green candidate Alexander Van der Bellen won with a lead of less than one percentage point - 30,836 individual votes - at the May election.

The Freedom Party has said it has found a number of irregularities in voting procedures, especially regarding absentee ballots.

The Constitutional Court aims to issue a ruling by July 8, when Van der Bellen is set succeed incumbent Heinz Fischer, a court spokesman said.

The court can order a new election in affected voting districts if it finds that there were unlawful practices and that these affected the overall outcome of the election.

Last update: Wed, 08/06/2016 - 11:43

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