Habsburg emperor's great-nephew fights to rule Austria again





Dr Ulrich Habsburg-Lothringen is barred from running for Austria's presidency by his country's republican constitution, drawn up when the last Habsburg Emperor Charles I was forced to abdicate power in 1918.

The 68-year old forester uses the name Lothringen, for the Lorraine branch of the imperial dynasty, when signing official documents.

Dr Habsburg, who has three children and six grandchildren, is angry that he and his descendants are discriminated against while candidates with a Nazi past, such as Kurt Waldheim, Austria's president between 1986 and 1992, are not.


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