Austria re-elects Social Democrat Heinz Fischer

Austria re-elected Social Democrat Heinz Fischer to the largely ceremonial post of President on Sunday in an election that underscored the far right's failure to win over conservative voters.

Austria re-elects Social Democrat Heinz Fischer

Austria re-elected Social Democrat Heinz Fischer to the largely ceremonial post of President on Sunday in an election that underscored the far right's failure to win over conservative voters.

Fischer won some 79 percent of the popular vote, keeping far ahead of his nearest challenger, Barbara Rosenkranz of the far right Freedom Party, who garnered about 16 percent.

Only about half of voters cast ballots, as opposed to 70 percent six years ago when Fischer, now 71, was first elected.

Rosenkranz, 51, who describes herself as a housewife and mother of 10, has questioned a law against propagating Nazism.

Feeding off anti-foreigner and anti-EU sentiment, the hard right took almost a third of the vote in the 2008 parliamentary election, but was kept in opposition when the main centre-left and centr-right parties revived a coalition.


Reuters

Last Mod: 26 Nisan 2010, 15:49
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