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|Leader of the "Freedom Party|
23 April 2005
|Preceded by||"Hilmar Kabas (Acting)|
12 June 1969 |
|Political party||"Freedom Party|
|Spouse(s)||Daniela Plachutta (m. 1999; div. 2006)
Philippa Beck (m. 2016)
He is a "member of parliament and former member of the "Vienna city council, who has been Chairman of the "Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) since 2005. He is described as “the most experienced figure in frontline Austrian politics” and is credited with softening his party’s image and professionalising it.
Strache, who by training is a "dental technician, has been active in the politics of Vienna since 1991. In 2004, he replaced "Hilmar Kabas as the leader of the Vienna FPÖ. He had been considered a disciple of long-time national party leader "Jörg Haider, but began to oppose him as the result of increased strife within the party in January 2005.
After a series of losses in state elections, rumours spread that Strache would run for the office of national party leader against Haider's sister, "Ursula Haubner. The high risk of Haubner's defeat was probably one of the events that induced Haider to set up a new party, the "Alliance for the Future of Austria (BZÖ). After the split, Strache was elected national party leader of the FPÖ on 23 April 2005.
Since the split, Strache has led the party further to the right. The FPÖ's results in state elections in the last decade have been mixed. While it dropped out of the "Styria "Landtag and was reduced to 5.7% in "Burgenland, it surpassed expectations in the Vienna elections of October 2005. Strache himself was the leading candidate in Vienna, and the party received 14.9% of votes. Strache's campaign, included slogans such as:
In the 2010 Vienna elections for mayor, city council, and district councils, Strache's party received 26% of the vote and increased their number of seats in the city council to 27. His support was strongest among young people under 30.
The campaign included slogans such as:
Strache was once again accused of xenophobia during his campaign and responded formally in the press to the allegations.
|Party political offices|
|Leader of the "Freedom Party