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Monday, December 5, 2016

NO Fascist President in Austria!

Austrians reject far-right candidate in presidential vote, stalling the advance of populist forces in Europe.

Sunday, December 4, 2016 12:04 PM EST

In a vote closely watched across Europe, Austria’s voters appeared to have dealt a defeat on Sunday to a right-wing populist bidding to become the first far-right head of state elected in Europe since World War II.
Projections on ORF state television based on initial vote counts minutes after polls closed suggested that Alexander Van der Bellen, 72, a former economics professor and Green party leader, had a strong lead.
The projections showed Mr. Van der Bellen taking 53.6 percent of the vote, while his right-wing challenger, Norbert Hofer, had captured 46.4 percent.
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