Norbert Hofer

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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

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.

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 | change source]

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