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Van der Bellen

Austria far-right concedes in presidential race

VIENNA: Austria's Freedom Party conceded defeat on Sunday in its bid to elect Europe's first far-right president, as projections showed its candidate Norbert Hofer lagging behind in a bitterly fought election re-run. Greens-backed independent Alexander Van der Bellen, 72, swept 53.6 percent of the votes, while his rival of the anti-immigration Freedom Party (FPOe) received 46.4 percent, projections showed. The official result of the marathon presidential election, which lasted nearly a year, is not expected before…