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Austria's right-wing candidate concedes presidential defeat

Alexander Van der Bellen of the Greens has beaten right-wing Norbert Hofer. Credit: Reuters

Alexander Van der Bellen of the Greens has beaten right-wing Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party to become Austria's President.

Hofer conceded defeat on his Facebook page as officials announced that Van der Bellen won by 31,026 votes.

Defeated Norbert Hofer (right) urged his supporters not to be 'despondent'. Credit: Reuters

Thanking his supporters, Hofer said: "I will remain loyal to you and my contribution for a positive future in Austria. Please don't be despondent."

Austrians went to the polls on Sunday in a presidential contest that had migration as a key issue, highlighting how the refugee crisis is shaping the continent's politics.

Austrian candidates split country down middle

  • ITV News Report by Europe Editor James Mates

The two Austrian candidates vying for presidency have split the country exactly in half, according to voting projections.

Most of the votes have been counted, and the projection made by the state broadcaster has the two candidates at 50% and 50% in what has been called a statistical dead heat.

Postal votes are yet to be counted, however, and the new president is now expected to be announced on Monday.


Preliminary election results show far-right candidate Hofer in lead

Alexander Van Der Bellen (L) and Norbert Hofer (R) Credit: Reuters

Austria's Ministry of the Interior has announced that the preliminary result of the presidential election shows Norbert Hofer on 51.9% of the vote, ahead of Alexander Van Der Bellen on 48.1%.

Norbert Hofer is the candidate for far-right party the Freedom Party, while Van Der Bellen is an Independent candidate.

The full result will not be known until Monday as postal votes need to be counted.

Austrian election result will not be known until Monday

The result of Austria's presidential election will not be known until Monday, said far-right Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer.

"We will have to wait until tomorrow," Hofer told broadcaster ORF.

Nearly all votes that have been cast in polling stations have been counted, with two candidates in a dead heat.

Postal ballots, which will not be counted until Monday, will determine the winner of what has been the closest race in living memory.

Exit poll suggests Austrian vote too close to call

Nobert Hofer

The far-right Austrian candidate is marginally ahead in presidential vote, exit polls suggest.

The race is too close to call with Norbert Hofer on 50.2% and former Greens leader Alexander Van der Bellen on 49.8%, according to a projection by Sora, with a margin of error of two percentage points.

Migration was a key issue in the presidential campaign, highlighting how the refugee crisis is shaping the continent's politics.

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Two killed and 11 wounded by gunman at concert

The shooting happened near Nenzing, about 24 miles east of Austria's border with Liechtenstein. Credit: Google maps

A gunman has killed two people and wounded 11 more before shooting himself dead at a concert in western Austria.

Police said the gunman fired shots into a crowd of about 150 people attending an open air concert in the early hours of Sunday morning near Nenzing, a town in Voralberg province about 24 miles east of Austria's border to Liechtenstein.

A loud argument between the gunman and a woman in a nearby parking lot was heard moments before the shooting, police added.

State broadcaster ORF said it occurred on property used by a motorcycle club, and the man apparently used a rifle or similar long weapon.

Surviving victims are understood to be in a serious condition.


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