BBC: Austria presidential poll result overturned
Austria's highest court has annulled the result of the presidential election narrowly lost by the candidate of the far-right Freedom Party.
The party had challenged the result, saying that postal votes had been illegally and improperly handled.
The Freedom Party candidate, Norbert Hofer, lost the election to the former leader of the Greens, Alexander Van der Bellen, by just 30,863 votes or less than one percentage point.
The election will now be re-run.
Announcing the decision, Gerhard Holzinger, head of the Constitutional Court, said: "The challenge brought by Freedom Party leader Heinz-Christian Strache against the 22 May election... has been upheld."
He added: "The decision I am announcing today has no winner and no loser, it has only one aim: to strengthen trust in the rule of law and democracy."
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WNU Editor: I was surprised by the election result when it was announced in May. Before the absentee votes were counted The Freedom Party candidate, Norbert Hofer was ahead of the polls, and for him to lose more than 60% of the absentee votes had to go against him. As it turned out .... the absentee votes were entirely against him .... hence his defeat. Will a second vote be any different .... considering what is happening in the EU right now, and that more information on former leader of the Greens, Alexander Van der Bellen has come out on his views on Austria, immigration, etc. .... I am willing to bet that there is going to be a different result.
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