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Celebrations in Austria after Van der Bellen victory

Overjoyed supporters climbed onto tables and cheered as newly-elected Austrian president Alexander Van der Bellen arrived at a victory party.

Supporters celebrate at Alexander Van der Bellen's victory party Credit: Reuters

The left-leaning independent candidate and former Greens leader was put several points ahead of his far-right rival Norbert Hofer in the election re-run, following a narrow win in May.

"Thank god for this result," said Iraqi refugee Mahmoud, as Van der Bellen entered the room at a fashionable Vienna hotel to the strains of Queen's 'We are the Champions'.

A message from Van der Bellen was displayed on a giant screen, reading: "Thanks for walking this very, very, very long path with us."

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