Disgraced far-right leader wins rights to a seat as Austrian MEP

Strache, who had to resign as party leader and vice-chancellor over the “Ibiza-gate” scandal, has won the 33,000 “preference votes” necessary to leapfrog his party colleagues and gain a seat, according to the APA agency.

The preference votes system means voters can specify their preference for a candidate on a particular party list. 

Strache, 49, had been in last place within the FPÖ’s list and it is not clear whether he will actually take up the seat.

Strache resigned on May 18th after explosive footage emerged…
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