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Christian Party of Austria

Christliche Partei Österreichs
LeaderAlfred Kuchar
FoundedOctober 15, 2005
IdeologyChristian right
Social conservatism
Euroscepticism
Conservatism
Political positionCentre-right to right-wing
ReligionChristianity
ColoursYellow
Slogan"Life. Values. Future."
National Council:
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Federal Council:
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European Parliament:
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Website
www.christlicheparteioesterreichs.at

The Christian Party of Austria (German: Christliche Partei Österreichs, CPÖ; formerly the ChristiansGerman: Die Christen) is a minor political party in Austria, founded on 15 October 2005.

It changed its name under its new chairman Rudolf Gehring in late 2009, partially due to concerns by the Catholic Church over the use of the term "Christians" to mean only the party.[citation needed]

History

The party was registered on January 23, 2006, and presented to the public on September 27, 2007, when it announced a popular initiative ("Volksbegehren") on the topic of children and families and that it would contest the 2008 election in Lower Austria.

In the 2008 parliamentary election, the party received 0.64% of the vote.

Rudolf Gehring, the party's chairman, announced he would run for president in the 2010 election. He received 5.44% of the vote for third place, the party's highest vote percentage in a national election to date.

Goals

The party is oriented mainly on Christian politics, advocating, for example:

Election results

National Council

National Council of Austria
Election year # of total votes % of overall vote # of seats Government
2008 31,080 0.64%
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Extra-parliamentary
2013 6,647 0.14%
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Extra-parliamentary
2017 425 0.01%
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Extra-parliamentary
2019 260 0.00%
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Extra-parliamentary

President

Election Candidate First round result Second round result
Votes % Result Votes % Result
2010 Rudolf Gehring 171,668 5.43% 3rd place
2016 No candidate