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Heinz Fischer

Austrian court overturns presidential elections and calls for rerun

Austrian court overturns presidential elections and calls for rerun

In a potential new challenge to European Union unity, Austria's highest court on Friday ordered a rerun of the country's presidential election, giving a right-wing euroskeptic candidate a second change at the office after his narrow loss last month.

The decision was unprecedented in Austria's post-war history, appearing to be the first time that a nationwide election has been annulled and a repeat vote called in any European Union country.

The ruling, announced by Constitutional Court chief judge Gerhart Holzinger, represents a victory for the Freedom Party, which challenged the May 22 runoff on claims of widespread irregularities. But it also has wider implications that...

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