Austrian Freedom Party challenges presidential election results

Austria’s far-right Freedom party (FPÖ) will contest the outcome of last month’s presidential elections, it has announced.

In a knife-edge contest that divided the country and captured the attention of the entire continent, the FPÖ candidate, Norbert Hofer, lost to Green-endorsed Alexander Van der Bellen by 30,863 votes.

In the immediate aftermath of the election, Hofer had appealed to his supporters to accept Van der Bellen as president. “We should all pull together,” Hofer said at the time. “There are no signs of electoral fraud.”