Austria's Freedom Party likely to challenge presidential election result

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 04, 2016 6:51 AM

ZURICH (Reuters) - Austria's anti-immigration Freedom Party (FPO) is very likely to formally challenge the result of last month's presidential election and is calling for postal ballots to be abolished, its leader said on Saturday.

Asked how likely it is the FPO will formally challenge the result of the vote, which its candidate Norbert Hofer narrowly lost, Heinz-Christian Strache said in an interview with radio station OE1: "It is very likely ... over 50 percent."

He said the party would make its decision by Wednesday, the deadline for challenges.

(Reporting by Silke Koltrowitz; Editing by Greg Mahlich)