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Global Austria

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Günter Bischof
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Fritz Plasser

Annual review

Austria 2010

Reinhold Gärtner

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Presidential Elections

In April 2010, Heinz Fischer (SPÖ) was reelected for president. In Austria, a president can be reelected once after a six-year term. There were two competitors—Barbara Rosenkranz, a very right-wing FPÖ-MP, and Rudolf Gehring from an ultra-conservative, reactionary, very small political party called Christliche Partei Österreichs (Christian Party of Austria). There was no candidate from ÖVP or Grüne. Fischer got 79.3 percent, Rosenkranz 15.2, and Gehring 5.4.

Dr. Karl Renner

1945-1950

Dr. Theodor Körner

1951-1957

Dr. Adolf Schärf

1957-1965

Dr. h. c. Franz Jonas

1965-1974

Dr. Rudolf Kirchschläger

1974-1986

Dr. Kurt Waldheim

1986-1992

Dr. Thomas Klestil

1992-2004

Dr. Heinz Fischer

since 2004

The most controversial president was Kurt Waldheim; his election campaign in 1986 was overshadowed by a discussion about his Nazi past in which once again the Austrian anti-Semitism could be seen. Waldheim, UN general secretary from 1971-81, had published his memoirs “Im Glaspalast der Weltpol...

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