Now you’re president, now you’re not: Austria’s presidential polls
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This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the question about the Austrian presidential elections. There’s a reading from Alan Lightman’s novel “Mr g”, your voices, great music, and of course, the quiz. Just click on the arrow in the photo, and enjoy!
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This week’s quiz: On 28 May, I asked you a political question about Austria. The final results were just in from the country’s presidential polls, which were so close the results were decided by the postal votes which were counted the day after the polls closed, on 23 May.
I asked you to write in with the names of the two contenders, and the names of their parties. Things have changed a bit since I asked the question: Austria’s Constitutional Court has ruled that there were irregularities in the postal votes and has ordered new polls, so who we thought was the next president of Austria, is not – yet, anyway. The elections will be re-held in September or October.
At the time I asked you the question, the president elect of Austria was Alexander Van der Bellen, who ran as an independent, although he is a former Green Party leader. He had narrowly beaten the far-right candidate Norbert Hofer, head of the Freedom Party. We’ll see what happens in Austrian politics this fall, it seems.
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