Green candidate Van der Bellen wins Austrian presidential election

Early exit polls in the Austrian presidential election indicate that former Green Party leader Alexander Van der Bellen has won with 53.6 percent of the vote. Right-wing candidate Norbert Hofer has acknowldeged defeat. (Deutsche Welle)

Hofer’s campaign manager appears to confirm the early exit poll trend, telling state broadcaster ORF that Van der Bellen has won, Reuter’s reports.

France, the Netherlands and Germany all face elections next year in which anti-mainstream and anti-immigration parties are gaining ground. Mr Hofer had campaigned on an anti-immigration platform amid disquiet in Austria at an influx of refugees. (BBC)