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Van der Bellen sworn in as new Austrian president

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Baku, January 26, AZERTAC

Alexander Van der Bellen has been sworn in as Austria's president, the last act of a dramatic race for the position won by the left-leaning economics professor after a repeat vote, according to The Associated Press.

Defeated rival Norbert Hofer, a right-wing populist who is also one of three presidents of parliament, was among those present for the parliamentary ceremony Thursday.

Van der Bellen had narrowly won the initial elections, but Austria's Constitutional Court ordered a repeat after Hofer's Freedom Party claimed widespread voting irregularities.

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