Austria’s far-right, anti-immigrant party has come out comfortably on top in Austria’s presidential vote.
Early results released by the country’s election authorities appear to show the candidate of the right-wing Freedom Party taking 35 per cent of the vote, leaving his two establishment rivals with not much more than 10 per cent each.
Norbert Hofer has run on a pro-gun manifesto, carrying his Glock pistol with him on the campaign trail and declaring that the public arming themselves is a logical reaction to the influx of refugees as part of the pan-European crisis.
The initial results showed great voter dissatisfaction with Austria’s main political parties, and came as part of a wider trend of anti-establishment lurches across the continent.
Opinion polling prior to Sunday’s vote had put Alexander Van der Bellen, a radical environmentalist and himself the son of refugees, marginally ahead of Mr Hofer.