With absentee ballots still to be counted, the race for Austria's presidency is too close to call. Independent candidate Alexander van der Bellen is running neck and neck with the right-wing Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer.
Norbert Hofer may have lost the presidential election to Alexander van der Bellen, but his Freedom Party has its sights set firmly on the chancellorship.
Exit polls in the Austrian presidential election show former Green Party leader Alexander Van der Bellen has won with 53.3 percent of the vote. Right-wing candidate Norbert Hofer has acknowledged defeat.
The former Green party head has become the country's first opposition president. His inauguration took place among internal political squabbles that could result in early elections.
Reacting to the rise of Donald Trump and the fallout from Brexit, Austrians voted for the pro-European Union candidate. But Norbert Hofer's populist surge could propel his party into parliament in 2018.
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