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Austria far-right files legal challenge to poll result

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Vienna (AFP)

Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) filed a legal challenge Wednesday to last month's presidential election that it lost by the narrowest of margins, a court spokesman said.

"Challenge to the presidential election runoff by (FPOe leader) Heinz-Christian Strache filed," Christian Neuwirth, spokesman for Austria's constitutional court, said on Twitter.

Strache was due to give a news conference at 11:00 am (0900 GMT).

FPOe candidate Norbert Hofer was defeated in the second round of the election on May 22 by Alexander Van der Bellen, an ecologist, by just 30,863 votes.

A victory for Hofer, presented as the friendly and moderate face of the anti-immigration FPOe, would have made Austria the first European Union member with a far-right president.

Preliminary results on May 22 had put Hofer slightly ahead but after postal votes were counted van der Bellen, who ran as an independent, was declared the winner of the largely ceremonial but coveted presidency.

Since then, the FPOe has complained of numerous irregularities.

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