Austria’s far right wins by a ‘landslide’ in first round of presidential vote

Hofer Austria
Hofer Austria

Norbert Hofer grew up in Pinkafeld, Burgenland and graduated from the Technical College of Aviation Technology in Eisenstadt. From 1990 until 1991, Hofer served as a soldier on the Hungarian border. From 1991 till 1994 he worked as a systems engineer with Lauda Air Engineering.

From 1996 to 2007, Hofer was provincial party secretary of the FPÖ Burgenland; since 2006 he is deputy provincial party chairman. He was energy and environmental speaker from 2006 to 2015, as well as the speaker for the disabled people for the FPÖ in the National Council.

Hofer became Third President of Austria’s National Council on 29 October 2013. He succeeded Martin Graf in this function.

On 28 January 2016, the Freedom Party of Austria presented him as its candidate for the 2016 presidential elections. He won the first round of the election, held on 24 April, and will now take part in the run-off on 22 May. He ran on an anti-immigrant and anti-Europe platform and won 36.4 percent of the vote.


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