Norbert Hofer Austria

Austria’s far-Right presidential hopeful urges burqa ban

The far-Right candidate tipped to win Austria’s presidential poll has promised to ban burqas and take his country out of the European Union if Turkey is ever allowed to join.

Norbert Hofer, from the Freedom Party (FPÖ), lost the last presidential election by a whisker in May to Alexander van der Bellen, a former Green party leader. But the constitutional court in Vienna ordered the poll to be re-run in October because of counting irregularities.

Mr Hofer told the Oesterreich newspaper that he, like his political opponents, wants to stop Turkey’s long-running negotiations to join the EU. But he went further by suggesting that if Turkey did eventually join, then he would back an Austrian exit from the EU.

  • Alain

    Wow, vote fraud is now called “counting irregularities”. If he were even truly right-wing, forget about “far-Right”, he would call for a ban on all Muslims and Islam.

  • WalterBannon

    That’s not far right.

    banning the burka is treating a symptom and not the disease.

    They need to ban Islam and deport all Muslims

  • canminuteman

    What is the point in banning the burka if you allow muslims? Banning the burka has the effect of making the problem less visible.

  • Dana Garcia

    Masked persons do not belong in free societies. Send them back to the primitive hell-holes they came from.