Norbert Gerwald Hofer (German pronunciation: [ˈnɔɐ̯bɐt ˈhoːfɐ]; born 2 March 1971) is an Austrian politician. He is a member of the Freedom Party (FPÖ) and since 18 December 2017. He was the Third President of the National Council from 2013 to 2017.
|Minister of Transport, Innovation |
|Assumed office |
18 December 2017
|Preceded by||Jörg Leichtfried|
|Third President of the National Council|
29 October 2013 – 18 December 2017
|President||Barbara Prammer |
|Preceded by||Martin Graf|
|Succeeded by||Anneliese Kitzmüller|
Norbert Gerwald Hofer
2 March 1971
|Political party||Freedom Party|
Hofer was a candidate for President of Austria in the 2016 election. He received the plurality of votes, 35% as opposed to 21% of rival Alexander Van der Bellen, in the first round. The much closer results of the second round of voting (49.7%/50.3%) were annulled by the Constitutional Court due to voting irregularities affecting nearly 78,000 votes, requiring the election to be re-held. In the re-run on 4 December 2016 he received 46% of the vote and lost the election to Van der Bellen.
- Oltermann, Philip (1 July 2016). "Austrian presidential election result overturned and must be held again". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 July 2016.