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Austria: school book recalled over presidential vote chaos

Associated Press Associated Press 15/09/2016

BERLIN — In the latest fallout from Austria's trouble-plagued presidential election runoff, a publisher says it will take back 2,500 copies of a newly printed school book that listed Alexander Van der Bellen as the country's current president.

Trauner Verlag said Thursday it had waited for the result of the original May 22 runoff vote, in which the left-leaning Van der Bellen narrowly beat the nationalist Freedom Party's Norbert Hofer, before printing the latest edition of "Political Education and Law."

In July, however, Austria's supreme court ordered a rerun after the Freedom Party claimed major irregularities. This week, the Oct. 2 rerun was postponed because of faulty absentee ballot envelopes.

Trauner Verlag says it will reprint the book. The new version won't list any current president and will be delivered by mid-October.

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