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Jörg Haider
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Haider in 2007
Governor of Carinthia
In office
Preceded by Peter Ambrozy
Succeeded by Christoph Zernatto
In office
Preceded by Christoph Zernatto
Succeeded by Gerhard Dörfler
Personal details
Born (1950-01-26)26 January 1950
Bad Goisern, Austria
Died 11 October 2008(2008-10-11) (aged 58)
Köttmannsdorf, Austria
Political party FPÖ, BZÖ
Spouse(s) Claudia Haider-Hofmann
(m. 1976-2008, his death)
Children Ulrike, Cornelia
Education Dr. iur. (law degree)
Alma mater University of Vienna
Profession Attorney

Jörg Haider (26 January 1950 – 11 October, 2008) was an Austrian politician who was often called to be off right-populism ("rechtspopulist"). He was born in Bad Goisern, Upper Austria, and died near Klagenfurt, Austria.

At the age of 29 he became the youngest member of the Austrian parliament and in 1989 the Governor of Carinthia for the first time.

Haider lead the Freedom Party to great success so that in 1999 the party reached the second most votes with 27% behind the SPÖ with 33% and could form a coalition with the Austrian People's Party ÖVP (having for the first time only the third most votes) making Wolfgang Schüssel Chancellor of Austria.

Haider passed his leading position to other party members so that a coalition could take place and returned to Carinthia to work as Governor again.

In 2004 Haider was re-elected as Governor of Carinthia. One year later the leading members of the FPÖ as well as there party members in the government together with Jörg Haider (as their new head) founded a new Party, the BZÖ.

On 11 October 2008, Haider died in a traffic accident near the town of Klagenfurt. He was returning home after an event that had taken place earlier. Many people living in Carinthia in reaction to his death, left public offerings as flowers, candles, cards and personal messages, Austrian singer and intendant Harald Serafin called the tragic death even an "Austro-Lady-Diana-Story".

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