Glawischnig became party leader in 2008 and talked up the Greens’ record of bringing more women into public office. She also promised to continue fighting against sexism and internet trolls “with all her strength.”
The recent resignation of Reinhold Mitterlehner, the Austrian vice chancellor and leader of the center-right People’s Party, led to a snap election scheduled for October 15. The far-right Freedom Party is tipped to make gains with polling indicating it may win between 25 and 30 percent of the vote, similar to the share expected for the ruling Social Democrats and the People’s Party.The Greens are currently polling at a little over 10 percent.
In her resignation speech, Glawischnig warned against the “desire and concept of the so-called strongman” in politics.
The Green Party benefited last year from the fraying of Austria’s center-left and center-right parties when its former leader Alexander Van der Bellen was elected as Austria’s president, a largely symbolic role. Van der Bellen narrowly defeated Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer
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