Norbert Hofer

Austrian politician

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.

Norbert Hofer
Minister of Transport, Innovation
and Technology
In office
18 December 2017 – 22 May 2019
ChancellorSebastian Kurz
Preceded byJörg Leichtfried
Succeeded byAndreas Reichhardt
Third President of the National Council
In office
29 October 2013 – 18 December 2017
PresidentBarbara Prammer
Doris Bures
Preceded byMartin Graf
Succeeded byAnneliese Kitzmüller
Personal details
Norbert Gerwald Hofer

(1971-03-02) 2 March 1971 (age 53)
Vorau, Austria
Political partyFreedom Party
Spouse(s)Verena Malus
WebsiteParliament website

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.[1] In the re-run on 4 December 2016 he received 46% of the vote and lost the election to Van der Bellen.

References change

  1. Oltermann, Philip (1 July 2016). "Austrian presidential election result overturned and must be held again". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 July 2016.