Alexander Van der Bellen is the "president-elect" of Austria. Van der Bellen ran as a nominally independent candidate supported by the Green Party in the 2016 presidential election, and finished second in the first round before winning the second round against Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer. In the close second round Van der Bellen won 50.3% of the votes cast (2,254,484) to Norbert Hofer's 49.7% (2,223,458).
He is scheduled to succeed outgoing president Heinz Fischer on July 8, 2016. The Freedom Party has contested the run-off election with claims of irregularities, especially in connection with the premature opening of mail-in ballots. The Austrian Supreme Court is currently addressing the charges and is expected to issue a ruling very shortly on the validty of the election.