Austria’s Interior Minister Proposes Oct. 2 for New Election

VIENNA (Reuters) -
Austria's Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka announces the official result of Austrian presidential election in Vienna, Austria, Monday. (Reuters/Heinz-Peter Bader)
Austria’s Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka announced the result of Austrian presidential election in Vienna, Austria, last month. (Reuters/Heinz-Peter Bader)

Austria’s interior minister on Tuesday said he would propose Oct. 2 for a re-run of the run-off presidential election.

Wolfgang Sobotka told reporters shortly before a government meeting that he would submit the proposal to the government, and “the Council of Ministers will agree, I hope.”

Austria’s highest court ordered the re-run on Friday after four days of questioning more than 60 witnesses revealed widespread irregularities in the counting of the postal ballots.