Eurosceptic Norbert Hofer of right freedom Party (fpö) conceded defeat in the elections of the President of Austria. About this he wrote in Facebook.
“Dear friends! I thank you. You supported me so much, and I am infinitely sad that I failed. I would love to care about our Austria. Alexander van der Bell I congratulate on success and encourage all Austrians to stick together and work together. We are all Austrians, regardless of who we chose in the election,” he said.
As writes Bloomberg with reference to the channel of ORF, Alexander van der Bellen scored 53.6% of the votes, while the Hofer – 46,4%.
Alexander van der Bellen, who ran as an independent candidate, before that for many years was the head of the Austrian green Party. The well-known politician, whose personal popularity ratings have always been much higher than the level of support for parties in General before you can take part in the presidential election, withdrew from its membership, stating that “the President should be above party affiliation”.
Austria is a parliamentary Republic and the role of its head actually takes the Federal Chancellor, who heads the government. Although according to political tradition, the President performs mainly representative functions, by law, he has a fairly wide Federal powers. For example, he has the right to appoint the government and dissolve Parliament. In addition, he is the Supreme commander, appoints a number of senior public servants, including members of the constitutional court and the consuls of Austria in foreign countries, as well as pardons.
Presidential elections were held in Austria for the second time this year. Still the result of the presidential election held in may 2016, was canceled by the Constitutional court, which ruled that the elections should be held again because of irregularities in the counting of 700 thousand ballots sent by mail.
According to the results of the election subsequently cancelled Norbert Hofer, who was leading after the preliminary count of the ballots gave the victory to Alexander van der Bellino less than one percent of the votes or a total of 31 000 votes.
A new election date was set for October 2. However, shortly before it, in September, the voting deadline was again moved to December 2016. This time the reason for the postponement was the poor quality glue for envelopes, which offered to put a ballot designed for voting by mail. The envelope was simply impossible to seal.
The term of office of the President of Austria is 6 years.