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Austrians elect centre-left president -

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Voters in Austria have rejected the idea of electing the EU's first far-right head of state since World War Two.

Alexander Van der Bellen, who ran as a centre-left independent candidate, defeated the far-right Freedom party challenger, Norbert Hofer, in the country's presidential election at the weekend.

The original vote took place in May, but was annulled by the constitutional court due to voting irregularities.

The newly elected Alexander Van der Bellen said his victory sent a signal of hope to all the capitals of the European Union.


Alexander Van der Bellen, president elect
Doctor Florian Oberhuber, SORA Institute for Social Research and Consulting
Nina Hoppe, Austrian political commentator
Cyril Sauvageot, French Radio
Doctor Christian Rainer, Profil weekly news magazine