AUSTRIA – Austrian far-right gets second chance as court invalidates poll
Sabba – On April 13, the Austrian ‘far right’ real leader went to Israel, visited all the jewish holy sites, prostrated himself 6 million times in Yad Vashem, while totally ignoring the Palestinian reality all around him. The Daily Forward reported that “Heinz-Christian Strache visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem on Tuesday and said he was in the country on an official visit at the invitation of the Likud party.”
The Jewish Chronicle described him as “a strong public supporter of Israel and has said he wants to purge his party of antisemitism.”
THE JEWISH CHRONICLE – Austria’s recent presidential election has been invalidated after its constitutional court upheld a challenge by the far-right Freedom Party.
Alexander van der Bellen, the Green Party candidate, beat Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party by just 31,000 votes in May’s election, out of a total of around 4,500,000 votes cast.
However, Mr Hofer challenged the result based on irregularities in the counting of postal votes.
An official investigation discovered that several authorities had begun counting postal votes prior to the election rather than after the polls had closed.
The court’s ruling came as a further blow to the EU following the UK’s Brexit vote.
Mr Hofer’s party has demanded significant changes to current EU policies, especially on immigration. They have openly talked about the possibility of an ‘Auxit’ referendum if their demands are not met.
The post of president is primarily ceremonial. However, it does grant the power to dismiss the government and call elections – and the Freedom Party currently leads in Austrian polls.
If Mr Hofer were to win a second election, he would become the first far-right head of state to lead a European Union country.
The election re-run could take place in September or October.
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