Fischer is re-elected President of Austria
Heinz Fischer is re-elected President of Austria beating Barbara Rosenkranz by scoring 78.94% of the vote. Rosenkranz received 15.62%. Rudolf Gehring came third by scoring 5.44%.
Opinion polls had placed Fischer in a good position on the day of the election.
Fischer thanked the nation on television: “I am extremely happy and thank the Austrian population for having so much confidence in me”.
Poor voter turnout – only 49.2% voted – led again to calls by leaders of the extreme-right for the post to be abolished.
Born in Graz, Fischer received a humanistic education,and studied law at the University of Vienna, earning a doctorate in 1961. Apart from being a politician, Fischer also pursued an academic career, and became a Professor of Political Science at the University of Innsbruck in 1993.