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    Austrian Court Annuls Presidential Election Result

    A decision by the country’s highest court will force a re-run of the controversial May election in which independent and former Green Party candidate Alexander Van der Bellen narrowly clinched it over the far-right Freedom Party’s Norbert Hofer, winning by less than 31,000 votes. Hofer’s party challenged the result, alleging that postal votes were improperly handled. The court said it sides with neither candidate and aims simply “to strengthen trust in the rule of law and democracy.” But some Austrians fear the recent Brexit vote may stir up more populist sentiment for the second time around.

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