Austria Presidential Election To Be Postponed: Govt
Fakhir Rizvi 5 years ago Mon 12th September 2016 | 02:35 PM
VIENNA, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News -12th Sept,2016) - The re-run of Austria's presidential election on October 2 needs to be postponed because of problems with glue on postal votes not sticking, the interior minister said Monday.
"We are going to request that parliament approves a postponement of the election," Wolfgang Sobotka told reporters. Possible new dates are November 27 or December 4, he said. The postponement is a further embarrassment for Austria, a wealthy and advanced Western democracy and EU member, and for the government of Chancellor Christian Kern.
That vote, a run-off after the first round in April, saw independent ecologist Alexander Van der Bellen narrowly beat Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party (FPOe) by just 31,000 votes. The FPOe has stoked concerns about recent record immigration, and should Hofer eventually win it would make Austria the first country in Europe since 1945 to elect a far-right president.
The role of the Austrian president is largely -- but not entirely -- ceremonial, and a victory by Hofer would be a major boost to Europe's other surging populist movements.