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List of Federal Presidents of Austria
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List of Federal Presidents of Austria

Federal Presidents of Austria
Federal President
(Bundespräsident)
Born-DiedFrom-To

Karl Seitz 1869 - 19501918 - 1920
Michael Hainisch 1858 - 19401920 - 1928
Wilhelm Miklas 1872 - 19561928 - 1938
Karl Renner 1870 - 19501945 - 1950
Theodor Körner 1873 - 19571951 - 1957
Adolf Schärf 1890 - 19651957 - 1965
Franz Jonas 1899 - 19741965 - 1974
Rudolf Kirchschläger 1915 - 20001974 - 1986
Kurt Waldheim 1918 -1986 - 1992
Thomas Klestil 1932 - 20041992 - 2004
Heinz Fischer 1938 -2004 -

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First Republic (1918 to 1934)

The first head of state was elected by the Bundesversammlung (consisting of the members of the National Council and of the Federal Council). The most important assignment of the Bundesversammlung was the election of the president.

In 1920 the period of office for the president was set to four years, with one optional re-election. In 1929 a novellation extended the period of office to 6 years. In addition to that, the president was now to be elected directly by the citizens. During the Ständestaat from 1934 to 1938 president Miklas stayed in office without further elections.

Second Republic (1945 to now)

The allied council did not accept a novellation in 1945, which was meant to restore the version of 1929. That is why the first president of the second republic was not elected directly, but instead again by the Bundesversammlung.

In 1951 the president was directly elected by the citizens for the first time in the country's history.

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