Austrian presidential election, 1986

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Presidential elections were held in Austria on 4 May 1986 with a second round on 8 June 1986. Kurt Waldheim, former Secretary-General of the United Nations was elected. Following Waldheim's victory, Chancellor Fred Sinowatz and other government members of the defeated Socialist Party stepped down, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs Leopold Gratz, who said he refused to "direct the Austrian foreign service in the defense of President Waldheim."[1]

Results[edit]

e • d Summary of the 4 May and 8 June 1986 Austrian presidential election results
Candidates and affiliated parties 1st round 2nd round
Votes % Votes %
Kurt Waldheim Non-partisan 2,343,463 49.6% 2,464,787 53.9%
Kurt Steyrer Socialist Party of Austria 2,061,104 43.7% 2,107,023 46.1%
Otto Scrinzi Freedom Party of Austria 55,724 1.2%
Freda Meissner-Blau Green Party 259,689 5.5%
Total 4,719,980 100% 4,571,810 100%
 
Valid votes 4,719,980 97% 4,571,810 96.3%
Spoilt and null votes 144,729 3% 174,039 3.7%
Votes cast / turnout 4,864,709 89.5% 4,745,849 87.3%
Electorate 5,436,846 5,436,846
†endorsed by Austrian People's Party
Source: Austrian ministry of Interior

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jill Smolowe. Reported by Gertraud Lessing/Vienna and Robert Slater/Jerusalem (21 July 1986) AUSTRIA LAST HURRAHS Few smiles after a big victory, TIME, retrieved 26 May 2010.