Alexander Van der Bellen

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Alexander Van der Bellen
President of Austria
Assumed office
26 January 2017
ChancellorChristian Kern
Sebastian Kurz
Brigitte Bierlein
Sebastian Kurz
Alexander Schallenberg
Preceded byHeinz Fischer
Leader of the Green Party
In office
December 1997 – 3 October 2008
Preceded byChristoph Chorherr
Succeeded byEva Glawischnig-Piesczek
Personal details
Born (1944-01-18) 18 January 1944 (age 77)
Vienna, Nazi Germany (now Austria)
Political partySocial Democratic Party
(Before 1992)
Green Party (1992–2016)
Independent (2016–present)
Spouse(s)Brigitte (Divorced)
Doris Schmidauer
Alma materUniversity of Innsbruck

Alexander Van der Bellen (born 18 January 1944) is an Austrian politician and economist. On 23 May 2016, he was elected the President-elect of Austria. However, after this, the court said the results had been wrong. He redid the election, and on 4 December 2016, he won even better.[1] He was sworn into office on 26 January 2017 officially becoming the president.

Early life[change | change source]

Van der Bellen was born in Vienna. His father was Russian and his mother was Estonian.

In 1962, he graduated from the Akademisches Gymnasium in Innsbruck. He studied economics at the University of Innsbruck. He received a doctorate in 1970.

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.[2][3]

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.[1] 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]

Van der Bellen supports green and social liberal policies, and is supportive of the European Union.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Austria presidential election result: Alexander Van der Bellen wins over far-right candidate Norbert Hofer". The Independent. 23 May 2016.
  2. "Biographical data". Die Grünen. Archived from the original on 2008-09-14. Retrieved 2008-08-19.
  3. "Van der Bellen sichtlich bewegt".
  4. "Die Grünen - "Wenn es die EU nicht gäbe, müsste man sie erfinden"". Die Grünen.

Other websites[change | change source]

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