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Political party Alliance for the Future of Austria (BZO) have officially chosen Ulrike Haider-Querica, daughter of the late prolific politician Jorg Haider, to represent them at the European elections in May.
The announcement was made on Saturday evening at a party conference for the right wing party, which was founded by Joerg Haider back in 2005 when he split from Austria's Freedom Party (FPOe).
Thirty-seven-year-old Haider-Querica, a lawyer who is currently working as a university professor in Rome, said she wants to represent the next generation and change the "failed policies" of the European Union.
"I want to reject dirty politics. I am running because I am a committed but also EU-critical European," she said.
The Alliance for the Future of Austria party has struggled to maintain support from the Austrian public since the death of Joerg Haider following a car crash in 2008. The party did not get any seats in the national elections last year and see's around 2 percent in opinion surveys on the European elections.
The right wing Freedom Party in comparison draws in similar support levels to the two government coalition partners - SPOe and OeVP.
Haider-Querica was selected unanimously by the party, who hope that she will be able to boost their popularity in the upcoming May elections.
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