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Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party (FPOe) won 36 percent of the vote, preliminary results showed, with the candidates from the two centrist government parties failing to even make it into a second-round runoff on May 22 .The result means that for the first time since 1945, Austria will not have a president backed by either Chancellor Werner Faymann's Social Democrats (SPOe) or their centre-right coalition partners the People's Party (OeVP).Facing Hofer on May 22 is likely to be Alexander van der Bellen, backed by the Greens, who was second with 20 percent, ahead of independent candidate Irmgard Griss, who won 18.5 percent.Having a president in the Habsburg dynasty's former palace in Vienna not from either of the two main parties could shake up the traditionally staid and consensus-driven world of Austrian politics.
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