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Austrian chancellor quits after far-right election triumph…Muslims around Europe on edge

Faymann resigns after Norbert Hofer of far-right Freedom Party came first in presidential elections

Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann resigned on Monday, his spokeswoman said, following the triumph by the far-right last month in the first round of presidential elections.

“He has resigned from all functions,” spokeswoman Anja Richter told AFP.

In the first round of elections to the largely ceremonial post of president on April 24, Norbert Hofer of the far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) came first with 35 percent.

Hofer will now face Alexander van der Bellen, a former head of the Greens, in a runoff on May 22.

The two candidates from the ruling coalition parties, Faymann’s center-left Social Democrats (SPOe) and the center-right People’s


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