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

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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.