New Austrian president sworn in

VIENNA, July 9 (UPI) -- Heinz Fischer has been sworn in as Austria's new president following the death earlier this week of Thomas Klestil, Austrian newspapers reported Friday.

Austrian President Thomas Klestil dies

VIENNA, July 6 (UPI) -- Austrian President Thomas Klestil died Tuesday at age 71 in a Vienna hospital after suffering a heart attack at his home in the capital.

Austrian president collapses; is critical

VIENNA, July 5 (UPI) -- Austria's 71-year-old President Thomas Klestil was hospitalized in critical condition Monday after suffering a heart stoppage in Vienna, the BBC reported.

Ferrero-Waldner Austrian candidacy gains

VIENNA, April 23 (UPI) -- Austrian presidential candidate Benita Ferrero-Waldner has won the support of majorities of both important conservative parties.

Austria may sell presidential villa

VIENNA, April 5 (UPI) -- Austrian authorities are considering selling the country's presidential villa since it is falling apart and presidents do not want to live there.

Austrian Social Democrat rejects Haider

VIENNA, March 19 (UPI) -- Austrian Social Democratic presidential candidate Heinz Fischer spoke out Friday against any coalition between his party and right-wing Joerg Haider's.
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Heinz Fischer
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L) meets with Austrian President Heinz Fischer in Vienna, Austria on March 14, 2006. (UPI Photo/Omar Rashidi/PA)

Heinz Fischer GColIH (German pronunciation: ; born 9 October 1938) is the President of Austria. He took office on 8 July 2004 and was re-elected for a second and last term on 25 April 2010. Before he took office, Fischer was a member of the Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPĂ–). He suspended his membership for the duration of the office.

Born in Graz, Styria, Fischer attended the Gymnasium, focusing on humanities, and taking his Matura exams in 1956. He studied law at the University of Vienna, earning a doctorate in 1961. In 1963 at the age of 25, Fischer, spent a year volunteering at Kibbutz Sarid, northern Israel. 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.

Fischer was a member of the Austrian parliament, the National Council, from 1971, and served as its president from 1990 to 2002. From 1983 to 1987 he was Minister for Science in a coalition government headed by Fred Sinowatz.

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