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FPÖ announces opposing candidates: Austrian Federal President Van der Bellen is running for a second term - politics

FPÖ announces opposing candidates: Austrian Federal President Van der Bellen is running for a next phrase – politics

Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen is working for a second time period. “If he agrees, I would like to do my section to make sure that the following number of yrs are good kinds for all of us,” he mentioned in a online video posted on the web Sunday, officially announcing his candidacy. The 78-year-aged was elected to Austria’s optimum condition office environment at the finish of 2016.

The renewed candidacy of Van der Bellen was already anticipated. The federal president can be re-elected after in Austria.

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The placement of federal president is “an exciting activity,” the former leader of the Greens emphasised in the video. It will be an vital job in the coming a long time to maintain peace, social cohesion and character, he stressed.

His to start with term was marked by political earthquakes: factors hardly ever bought dull for Van der Bellen. Initial, the Ibiza affair over Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache of the correct-wing FPÖ party rocked the Alpine republic, then Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) brought down a corruption affair.

ÖVP and SPÖ want to assistance the head of point out

The conservative ÖVP and the social democrat SPÖ, as well as the liberal Neos, have presently announced that they will guidance Van der Bellen. “He fulfilled his duties independently, responsibly and prudently,” reported SPÖ chief Pamela Rendi-Wagner of the Austrian information company APA. The Neos stated that in the subsequent 6 many years it will also be up to Van der Bellen as head of state “to bolster the rule of regulation in Austria and last but not least set an end to corruption in the political technique.”

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The ideal-wing populist FPÖ, on the other hand, desires to present an opposition applicant. In 2016, his candidate Norbert Hofer missing to Van der Bellen in the second spherical. “With Alexander Van der Bellen, the prospect of the failed process is jogging yet again for the presidential election,” claimed party chief Herbert Kickl.

In the past election it was feared that Hofer would turn out to be the 1st correct-wing populist to develop into head of point out in an EU country. But renowned economist and former university professor Van der Bellen stuck to his eyesight of a cosmopolitan, multicultural society, and in the close he was a very clear winner.

As chief of the Greens, Van der Bellen recognized the get together as the fourth strongest force in the region in the 2010s. Even so, he fought for the presidency as an impartial applicant. (AFP)