The victory in the presidential election in Austria was won by Alexander van der Bellen. According to preliminary data, he scored 52% of the vote. 72-year-old liberal suddenly walked more popular counterpart from the "right".
Bookmakers put on Norbert Hofer, the candidate of the "party of Freedom", he predicted victory for the experts. But in the end by a margin of 7% win van der Bellen. For Hofer voted regions for van der Bell - large cities with high population density. Yet to count the votes received by mail, which annulled the previous vote. The victory of the former Chairman of the green Party, and she never had serious weight in Austrian politics can be considered a manifestation of euroscepticism of the Austrians. For the first time in the history of elections in the second round were not candidates from centrist parties. Won the 72-year-old Economics lecturer. By birth - a citizen of Estonia. The ancestors of the van der Bell in the eighteenth century moved from the Netherlands to the Russian Empire. The parents of the new President of Austria spoke among themselves in Russian. The father was born in Pskov - a descendant of the Dutch masters, and his mother Estonian. The politician in Russian knows only a few words.
Opponent van der Bell has already conceded defeat. Almost a year has continued the electoral campaign and the fight was not easy, given that the enemy was supported by the establishment, and the main Austrian media. But losing is not a defeat. Hofer in the whole of Europe has voiced calls to respect the choice of Crimea, to lift the sanctions and half of Austria supported him. All European colleagues Hofer on the right flank, who share a course on liberation from the Brussels bureaucracy and a reduction in migration, I can tell the Austrian policy of "thank you." The Hofburg Palace will soon take a new President. Before there were the Habsburgs, now the office of the President. In the Palace of 2500 rooms, each succeeding Emperor did not want to inherit the predecessor of the chambers, every time they build a new one. But the next President is unlikely to engage in restructuring. His election program was to leave it as is.
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