While the MFG is still considering entering its own candidate into the race and the FPÖ fix own candidate has announced, the unified system parties ÖVP, SPÖ, Greens and NEOS should again rely on the pandemic-compliant Van der Bellen. Now part of the Austrian resistance is presenting another candidate, Thomas Schaurecker, under the motto “We will be President”.
Schaurecker explains his motivation there:
With the Federal President, our ancestors created a bastion to protect the citizens of this beautiful country from precisely such influences. It serves as a shield for our constitution and has many legal opportunities to influence politics. No political office has more power, influence, dignity and opportunities to fulfill its tasks! And in addition, the Federal President is elected directly by the people, for good reason. No law would pass if the Austrian Federal President did not want it. In addition, he could dismiss the federal government at any time or at least use this opportunity as a means of pressure to assert the interests of the people. As the guardian of justice, he only serves the people!
Critical voices are concerned that the resistance camp will split up into too many individual candidates and that it will ultimately not be possible to win an already difficult confrontation at the ballot box. In any case, it will still be many months before the election. The number of candidates from the ranks of the resistance will also be measured by who manages to collect the necessary declarations of support in order to be allowed to stand at all.