Inside Europe: Austria Rejects Far-Right Presidency

Interior Ministry confirmed on December 6, 2016, that former Green Party Leader Alexander Van der Bellen had won 53.8 percent of the vote over the weekend of December 4, 2016 which was some 7.6 percent more votes than his far-right opponent, Norbert Hofer. He previously faced Van der Bellen in the election in May 2016 and lost by a narrow margin of 0.7 percent, but Austria’s top court annulled the result because of counting irregularities and ordered a new vote.

Observers noted particularly strong support for Van der Bellen among women and well-educated people. His right-wing rival pledged to run again in 2022.