Alexander Van der Bellen facts for kids
Alexander Van der Bellen
|President of Austria
26 January 2017
|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.
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.
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.
He will take office in January 2017.
Van der Bellen supports green and social liberal policies, and is supportive of the European Union.
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