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Austria: Court-ordered presidential rerun vote to be Oct. 2

  • Candidate for presidential elections of Austria's right-wing Freedom Party, FPOE, Norbert Hofer speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Hofer with good chances of becoming Austria’s next president insists he’s been misunderstood when people say he champions his country’s pullout from the union. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

    Candidate for presidential elections of Austria's right-wing Freedom Party, FPOE, Norbert Hofer speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Hofer with good chances of becoming Austria’s next president insists he’s been misunderstood when people say he champions his country’s pullout from the union. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)  (The Associated Press)

  • Candidate for presidential elections of Austria's right-wing Freedom Party, FPOE, Norbert Hofer speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Hofer with good chances of becoming Austria’s next president insists he’s been misunderstood when people say he champions his country’s pullout from the union. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

    Candidate for presidential elections of Austria's right-wing Freedom Party, FPOE, Norbert Hofer speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Hofer with good chances of becoming Austria’s next president insists he’s been misunderstood when people say he champions his country’s pullout from the union. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)  (The Associated Press)

  • Candidate for presidential elections of Austria's right-wing Freedom Party, FPOE, Norbert Hofer speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Hofer with good chances of becoming Austria’s next president insists he’s been misunderstood when people say he champions his country’s pullout from the union. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

    Candidate for presidential elections of Austria's right-wing Freedom Party, FPOE, Norbert Hofer speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Hofer with good chances of becoming Austria’s next president insists he’s been misunderstood when people say he champions his country’s pullout from the union. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)  (The Associated Press)

Austria's chancellor says the government has set Oct. 2 as the date for the rerun of the presidential election ordered by the country's highest court on grounds of wide-spread voting irregularities.

The date, announced Tuesday by Chancellor Christian Kern, still has to be approved by parliament, but that is only a formality.

The Constitutional Court on Thursday had announced that the May runoff between right-wing candidate Norbert Hofer and left-leaning independent Alexander Van Der Bellen must be repeated. Van der Bellen had won by less than 30,000 votes.

The ruling essentially matched a challenge by Hofer's right-wing Freedom Party, which asserted the election's results were distorted by mistakes and sloppiness in counting absentee ballots and by other ballot violations.