Alexander Van der Bellen
|President of Austria|
|Assumed office |
26 January 2017
|Preceded by||Heinz Fischer|
|Leader of the Green Party|
December 1997 – 3 October 2008
|Preceded by||Christoph Chorherr|
|Succeeded by||Eva Glawischnig-Piesczek|
|Born||18 January 1944|
Vienna, Nazi Germany (now Austria)
|Political party||Social Democratic Party|
Green Party (1992–2016)
|Alma mater||University of Innsbruck|
Alexander Van der Bellen (born 18 January 1944) is an Austrian politician and economist. He is the President of Austria since 2017. He won the 2016 election after multiple court battles and narrow victories. He was sworn into office on 26 January 2017 officially becoming the president. Van der Bellen is the country's second green president and the first to be directly elected by popular vote. He was re-elected in 2022.
Early life[change | change source]
Political career[change | change source]
Van der Bellen is a retired professor of economics at the University of Vienna. He is a member of the Austrian Green Party. He served as a member of the National Council from 1994 to 2012. He was the chairman of the parliamentary club and federal spokesperson of his party from 1997 to 2008.
Presidency (since 2017)[change | change source]
He 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 far-right candidate Norbert Hofer. A second election was ordered since the votes were too narrow. In December 2016, Van der Bellen won the election with more votes. He became the first Austrian president to be directly elected by popular vote. He took office on 26 January 2017.
He was re-elected in October 2022 with almost 57% of the vote.
Political views[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- "Austria presidential election result: Alexander Van der Bellen wins over far-right candidate Norbert Hofer". The Independent. 23 May 2016.
- Connolly, Kate; Oltermann, Philip; Henley, Jon (23 May 2016). "Austria elects Green candidate as president in narrow defeat for far right". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
- "Biographical data". Die Grünen. Archived from the original on 2008-09-14. Retrieved 2008-08-19.
- "Van der Bellen sichtlich bewegt". Archived from the original on 2008-10-06. Retrieved 2016-05-23.
- "Die Grünen - "Wenn es die EU nicht gäbe, müsste man sie erfinden"". Die Grünen. Archived from the original on 2016-05-28. Retrieved 2016-05-23.
Other websites[change | change source]
Media related to Alexander Van der Bellen at Wikimedia Commons