Alexander Van der Bellen
|Alexander Van der Bellen|
|President of Austria|
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, 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. On 23 May 2016, he became the President-elect of Austria. However, after this, the court said the result was wrong. He redid the election, and on 4 December 2016, he won even better. He was sworn into office on 26 January 2017 official becoming the president.
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 took office on 26 January 2017.
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. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/austria-presidential-election-result-alexander-van-der-bellen-wins-over-far-right-candidate-norbert-a7043516.html.
- "Biographical data". Die Grünen. Archived from the original on 14 September 2008. http://www.gruene.at/personen/alexander_van_der_bellen/. Retrieved 2008-08-19.
- "Van der Bellen sichtlich bewegt". http://orf.at/081003-30171/index.html.
- "Die Grünen - "Wenn es die EU nicht gäbe, müsste man sie erfinden"". Die Grünen. https://www.gruene.at/themen/demokratie-verfassung/wenn-es-die-eu-nicht-gaebe-muesste-man-sie-erfinden.