Sunday, May 22, 2016

Austria: a president elected to extensions – Le Figaro

Nearly 740,000 ballots by mail will decide on Monday, the candidate of the Greens, Alexander Van der Bellen, and of the extreme right, Norbert Hofer.

in Vienna

“It iS an election night as Austria has never been in,” said Eva Glawischnig, the leader of the Greens, the end results. More than a hundred media from around the world have observed and commented on the conduct of the Austrian presidential elections that saw for the first time an environmentalist candidate and a candidate of the extreme right to compete in the second round. While in the early evening, the balance slightly tilted in favor of Norbert Hofer, the situation has reversed a half hour later, then stabilized, with 3000 votes ahead for Alexander van der Bellen.

These are the figures given by the public television was broadcasting the evening. The Interior Ministry gives him 144,006 votes ahead of Norbert Hofer, who provisionally won with 52% of the vote.

For the time being, because the Austrian system, allowing to vote by mail , prolongs the suspense. If they can not go to their polling place on election day, voters have the opportunity to be sending a ballot by mail, fill it and ship it. The ballots are kept in a separate room and robbed the day after the election.

In the first round, 641,975 Austrians had used this method of voting. The beautiful May weekend prompted 885,437 voters to request ballots, or 14% of 6.4 million people. Approximately 740,000 were approved, mainly filed by citizens, who voted overwhelmingly for Alexander Van der Bellen. The FPÖ, through its General Secretary Herbert Kickl, was one day before the poll cried conspiracy, denouncing irregularities that plague this procedure. These voices are decisive for the outcome of these elections will tip the scales without giving a significant gap: at most it will be 1.4%.

“A political system encrusted”

73% of voters, turnout was highest in the first round on April 24, where it was 68%. The results give a split image of Austrian society: a half blue and half green, be completely opposite on the political spectrum. “I do not think we should think in those terms, commented Hubert Patterer, editor of the daily Kleine Zeitung . Rather, it is a division between the people at the bottom and people from above, and this division is not dangerous. “Alexander Van der Bellen said he understood the anger expressed by Norbert Hofer voters on the country’s political immobility. “This should change with the new chancellor,” faisaint reference to the Social Democratic Christian Kern, invested 17 May after the surprise resignation of Werner Faymann, left after seven years in power.

Heinz-Christian Strache , leader of the FPÖ, this change will have little effect. He denounced Sunday night, belonging to Alexander van der Bellen “a policy system encrusted”.

The speaker virulent FPÖ was delighted that the choice of a discrete personality to represent his party was also wise. In the first round of the election, Norbert Hofer, against all odds, Alexander van der Bellen exceeded 14 points, getting 35% of votes. Unsurprisingly, it has gathered in his home region of Burgenland 61% of votes.

In Carinthia, where Haider, former governor of the region and leader of the FPÖ died in 2008 in a spectacular car crash, has left debts, but also a strong mark, the score for the candidate of FPÖ is 58% of the vote. Vienna and Austrian cities have praised Alexander van der Bellen. In the cities that saw them grow, Pinkafeld in Burgenland Norbert Hofer and Kaunertal in Tyrol for Alexander van der Bellen, candidates respectively achieved 73% and 85% of the vote.

“If I am elected, I will do my best to fill the gaps have widened during the campaign, said it in a brief intervention in Auersperg palace, where he spent the evening with his supporters. I’ll make sure to bring people together for the next six years. “

After the earnings announcement, Norbert Hofer went to spend the evening with his camp in the Viennese Prater park, which was present Frauke Petry, the AFD. He said it would be six years if he was not elected this time, and that he would support a bid Heinz-Christian Strache of the next parliamentary 2018. Like his opponent, it will be fixed tomorrow late in the day.

a head of State of a semi-presidential system

the federal President of the Republic of Austria is elected for a term of six years. First character of the state, it has the powers and competencies of a semi-presidential system. He appoints the Chancellor who is the head of government and has the power to dissolve Parliament. He is also the supreme commander of the Bundesheer, the Austrian national army. The new president will succeed Heinz Fischer of the Social Democratic Party, who was elected in 2004 and reelected in 2010.


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