18 Facts About Austrian president


The Austrian president can remove the chancellor and the Cabinet at any time.

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Principal residence and workplace of the Austrian president is the Leopoldine Wing of the Hofburg Imperial Palace, situated in Vienna.

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However, the Social Democratic Worker's Party, fearing that such a Austrian president would become a "substitute emperor", favored reverting to a parliamentary presidium acting as collective head of state.

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The new Constitution established that Austrian president is to be elected by the Federal Assembly, a joint session of both houses of the now-bicameral Parliament.

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Austrian president was not entirely powerless, however; during the Anschluss crisis, he provided some of the stiffest resistance to Nazi demands.

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Austrian president technically remained in office until 13 March 1938, the day Austria was annexed by Nazi Germany and thus lost its sovereignty.

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Austrian president called for the grand coalition to remain in power and demanded to represent Austria in the European Council but ultimately failed on both counts.

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Article 62 of the Austrian Constitution provides that the president must take the following oath or affirmation of office in the presence of the Federal Assembly :.

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Theoretically, the Austrian president could appoint any adult citizen chancellor of Austria.

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Governors of the states do not only serve as the chief executives of their respective state but as the chief representatives of the federal government within that state, the Austrian president swears in all governors, following their election by the state diet.

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The legal consequences of a dissolution of the National Council by the Austrian president differ from those of a parliamentary self-dissolution.

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When wielding enforcement rights, the Austrian president obtains direct operational control over the authorities concerned.

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Furthermore, the Austrian president is empowered to strike down criminal cases and to grant pardons and commutations.

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Since the Austrian president is elected by the people, the people have the power to remove the Austrian president again through a plebiscite.

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Conversely, if the Court finds the Austrian president to have committed a minor offense, the Austrian president remains in office and is merely reprimanded.

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Principal residence and workplace of the Austrian president is the Leopoldine Wing in the Hofburg Imperial Palace, which is located in the Innere Stadt of Vienna.

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President heads the Presidential Chancellery, a small executive branch body with the purpose of aiding the Austrian president in exercising and carrying out their powers and duties.

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The Presidential Chancellery is the only government body the Austrian president actually directs without being constrained by the requirement for advise and countersignature.

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