Austria presidential run-off elections too close to call

VIENNA, May 22 (KUNA) — The preliminary final results of Austria’s Presidential run-off elections showed that the two main candidates had 50 percent of the vote, including a postal ballot prediction, local media reported Sunday.
The results would only be made clear once the postal ballot was counted, meaning that there would most likely not be a result this evening, according to Austrian national ORF television.
In the first round of elections, the candidate from the right-wing Freedom Party (FP) Norbert Hofer was ahead of the former Greens leader and independent candidate Van der Bellen by over 13 percent.
Around 99.8 percent of the votes had been counted by 7:00 p.m. local time, the Austrian TV said, noting that the SORA institute estimate also included the postal vote, which was unusually large in this election.
The public turnout was also higher than in the first round of elections on April 24th, reaching around 72.2 percent, according to the preliminary estimates. Of the 8.4 million people living in Austria, 6,382,507 are allowed to vote.
It is the first time in Austrian modern history that the President will not be from either one of the top parties, the Social Democrats (SP) or the conservative People’s Party (VP).
The President of Austria has limited powers, which is a parliamentary republic.
However, the President appoints the country’s chancellor on the basis of results of parliamentary elections and offers him to form a cabinet. (pickup previous) amq.ma

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