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Austria: Court to rule on rerun of presidential elections

  • FILE - In this May 19, 2016 file picture Norbert Hofer of Austria's Freedom Party, FPOE, left, and Alexander Van der Bellen, candidate of the Austrian Greens, wait for the start of a TV debate in Vienna, Austria. An Austrian court on Friday  July 1, 2016  overturned the  presidential election result and called for  rerun. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak,file)

    FILE - In this May 19, 2016 file picture Norbert Hofer of Austria's Freedom Party, FPOE, left, and Alexander Van der Bellen, candidate of the Austrian Greens, wait for the start of a TV debate in Vienna, Austria. An Austrian court on Friday July 1, 2016 overturned the presidential election result and called for rerun. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak,file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 22, 2016 file picture Norbert Hofer candidate for Austria's Presidency for Austria's Freedom Party, FPOE, smiles in Vienna, Austria.  Austria's highest court ruled Friday July 1, 2016  that presidential elections narrowly lost by  right-wing candidate  Hofer must be repeated after his party claimed gross irregularities in the absentee vote count. Norbert Hofer was leading after polls closed. But final results after a count of absentee ballots put former Green party politician Alexander Van der Bellen ahead by only a little more than 30,000 votes.  (AP Photo/Ronald Zak,File)

    FILE - In this May 22, 2016 file picture Norbert Hofer candidate for Austria's Presidency for Austria's Freedom Party, FPOE, smiles in Vienna, Austria. Austria's highest court ruled Friday July 1, 2016 that presidential elections narrowly lost by right-wing candidate Hofer must be repeated after his party claimed gross irregularities in the absentee vote count. Norbert Hofer was leading after polls closed. But final results after a count of absentee ballots put former Green party politician Alexander Van der Bellen ahead by only a little more than 30,000 votes. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak,File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 23, 2016 file picture Alexander Van der Bellen winner of Austria's presidential election waves to his supporters in Vienna, Austria.  Austria's highest court ruled Friday July 1, 2016  that presidential elections narrowly lost by a right-wing candidate must be repeated after his party claimed gross irregularities in the absentee vote count.  (AP Photo/Ronald Zak,file)

    FILE - In this May 23, 2016 file picture Alexander Van der Bellen winner of Austria's presidential election waves to his supporters in Vienna, Austria. Austria's highest court ruled Friday July 1, 2016 that presidential elections narrowly lost by a right-wing candidate must be repeated after his party claimed gross irregularities in the absentee vote count. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak,file)  (The Associated Press)

Austria's highest court is due to rule on whether presidential elections narrowly lost by a right-wing candidate must be repeated after his party claimed gross irregularities in the absentee vote count.

Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer was leading after polls closed May 22. But final results after a count of absentee ballots put former Green party politician Alexander Van der Bellen ahead by only a little more than 30,000 votes.

The final count showed Van der Bellen with 50.3 percent, compared with 49.7 percent for Hofer.

The Freedom Party says the law was contravened in one way or another in most of the 117 electoral districts, including the sorting of absentee ballots before electoral commission officials arrived.

The ruling is expected at noon local time (1000 GMT) Friday.