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Austrian Court Orders Redo of Presidential Election Following Accusations of ‘Irregularities’

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Austria’s highest court has ruled that the presidential election held in May must be repeated. The far-right Freedom Party whose candidate narrowly lost had claimed “massive irregularities” in the absentee vote.

By Reuters/AP | 1 July 2016

DEUTSCHE WELLE — Austria’s constitutional court annulled May’s president election on Friday, upholding a legal challenge by the anti-immigation Freedom party (FPÖ) and opening the way for a repeat poll in September or October.

“The challenge brought by Freedom Party leader Heinz-Christian Strache against the May 22 election… has been upheld,” said constitutional court head Gerhard Holzinger (pictured above).

The court said it was using its strict standard on the application of election rules and had no choice but to call for a re-run.

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