Sunday, 22 May 2016

Austrian Presidential Election

Polling day in Austria. And the polls are about to close. 

It's a straight choice. No If's or But's. The center vote has collapsed. Now it's Green Left versus Blue Right. That's it. That's what all the ballyhoo and name calling has come down to. Which side will emerge with the lion's share of the poll? Ninety minutes and counting down . . . 


With 94% of votes counted it stands at 50.0% to 50.0%*. Postal votes will settle the issue.


Election Day. Dawn about to break. A 27-year old neo-Nazi known to police opens fire with Kalashnikov at Austrian rock concert campsite.

It's a la Brevik. Thirteen victims. Two dead. Eleven serious.

Gunman turns weapon on himself. That makes three dead.

Final Election Result: Green Left candidate wins from Blue Right candidate by a hair's breadth. A a mere 30,000 votes seals it.

In the final analyses it's 50.3% to 49.7%.

Guess fate, or something like it, had the final say.

And so Austria elects a green head of state.

Maybe the first Green president in the world.


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