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Austria election: Far-right candidate Norbert Hofer concedes defeat

Austria's Norbert Hofer has conceded defeat after his hopes of becoming the European Union's first far-right president were dashed when the first official results were released.

The results showed left-leaning candidate Alexander Van der Bellen with what appeared to be an unbeatable lead over his rival

When the results were released shortly after polls closed on Sunday, Mr Van der Bellen had 53.5 per cent, while Mr Hofer had 46.4 per cent.

While votes continue to be counted, officials say they will not change the outcome but the percentages may still vary.

The margin came as a surprise — polls ahead of Sunday's vote had shown the two candidates neck-and-neck.

The election is a court-ordered rerun of a May vote that Mr Van der Bellen won by less than one per cent.

Source: The Independent

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