Austrian Far-Right FPO Party Challenges Election Results

VIENNA (Reuters) -
Presidential candidates Norbert Hofer (R) and Alexander Van der Bellen shake hands before a debate in Vienna on Sunday. (Reuters/Heinz-Peter Bader)
Presidential candidates Norbert Hofer (R) and Alexander Van der Bellen shake hands before an election debate in Vienna. (Reuters/Heinz-Peter Bader)

Austria’s far-right Freedom Party (FPO) has challenged the results of last month’s presidential elections, the constitutional court said via Twitter on Wednesday, in a move that could tip the country into a constitutional crisis.

Postal ballots pushed former Greens leader Alexander Van der Bellen past the Freedom Party’s Norbert Hofer in the knife-edge runoff election, in which the margin of victory was less than 1 percentage point, or roughly 31,000 votes.

An FPO spokesman did not give details.