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Austrian voters choose between rightist, Green president

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Austrian voters are casting their ballots Sunday to decide the drawn-out presidential race between far-right candidate Norbert Hofer and his Green rival Alexander Van der Bellen.
Austrian voters choose between rightist, Green president

According to Rapportuer Report From , DPA , Link The election of Austria's president, a mostly ceremonial role, has received international attention, as a victory for Hofer of the Freedom Party could boost similar populist eurosceptic movements in other countries.

Van der Bellen, a former Green party leader, had won a first run-off election in May, when he received 50.3 per cent of the ballots, less than 31,000 votes ahead of Hofer.

However, the Freedom Party successfully appealed the result and won a repetition of the election, by presenting evidence of ballot counting irregularities.

Voter surveys point to another close race on Sunday.

During the year-long election campaign, Hofer and Van der Bellen took opposing views on the European Union and on migration.

Van der Bellen advocates a more closely integrated EU than Hofer.

Hofer has said that he might have dismissed the Austrian government over its decision to let in 90,000 people last year at the height of the migration crisis. His Green rival has taken a pro-refugee stance.

The candidates of the Social Democratic Party and the centre-right People's Party, which form the unpopular coalition government, were defeated in the first election round in April.

The Freedom Party has been leading opinion polls for months and is set to win the next parliamentary election, according to surveys.

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