Leftist Van der Bellen wins Austria's presidential election

Baku, December 4, AZERTAC

Independent candidate Alexander Van der Bellen, a pro-EU leftist who preached moderation, has won Austria's presidential election on Sunday over right-wing populist Norbert Hofer, preliminary results show, according to FRANCE 24.

A former leading member of the Green Party, Van der Bellen was the hope of Austrians who wanted to stop Hofer, a leader of the anti-migrant and anti-EU Freedom Party.

The results, released shortly after the polls closed Sunday, showed Van der Bellen with 53.5 percent of the vote to Hofer's 46.4 percent. While the final result will not be official until absentee votes are counted on Monday, officials said the outstanding ballots would not change the outcome.

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