Norbert Hofer, presidential candidate of Austria's anti-migrant and anti-EU Freedom Party, is surrounded by supporters at the parliament in Vienna as the votes roll in.
Norbert Hofer, presidential candidate of Austria's anti-migrant and anti-EU Freedom Party, is surrounded by supporters at the parliament in Vienna as the votes roll in. Ronald Zak

Austrian voters oust right wing

RIGHT-wing Norbert Hofer has conceded defeat to Alexander Van der Bellen in the Austrian presidential election.

The outcome is a blow to populists who hoped a wave of anti-establishment anger sweeping the West would carry Mr Hofer to power, following Britain's Brexit referendum and America's election of Donald Trump.

First results after polls closed showed Mr Van der Bellen, an independent backed by the Green Party, with 53.3% and Mr Hofer, of the anti-immigration Freedom Party, with 46.7% of the vote.

"I am infinitely sad it didn't work out,” Mr Hofer posted on Facebook.

He urged Austrians to "stick together and to work together”.

The election had been seen as a test of populist sentiment ahead of elections in France, Germany and the Netherlands next year.



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