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Mens Party to stand in elections

Austria’s Men’s Party is set to take part in the upcoming General Election.

Vorarlberg chairman Hannes Hausbichler announced his party’s candidacy following a statement made by Parliamentary President Barbara Prammer (SPOe) that 50 per cent of candidates should be women.

Hausbichler described the idea of a „senseless quota" as promoting sexism.

He added that his party stands for justice and individual responsibility, and said he wanted to see more fairness in family politics. Hausbichler believes there’s a lot of injustice in this area, which is propagated by a sexist-feminist atmosphere.

He said his manifesto included more than just family issues, and it would be available for all to see before the elections.

The party, which was initially founded by a group of men, does not exclude women. In fact up to 40 per cent of its Vorarlberg members are female.  „We’re not just about men’s rights – we stand for human rights," said Hausbichler.

He added that many of his female members felt let down by feminist politicians who were not representative of them.

It is not yet known whether Hausbichler, who is also national vice-chairman, or another member of the party will stand for candidacy.

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