Austrian Defence Minister Norbert Darabos, Interior Minister Maria Fekter, Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik and special Ambassador Anton Prohaska (LtoR) pose for photographers after a news conference about released Austrian hostages Andrea Kloiber and Wolfgang Ebner in Vienna November 3, 2008. The two Austrians disappeared in February while on holiday in Tunisia and are believed to have been held by al Qaeda's North African wing in a remote desert area of Mali. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger (AUSTRIA)
Yay! I knew she would be:
ÖVP Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik has said the victory of Barack Obama in the US presidential election is a "signal of belief in the future".
Plassnik said: "This result is like a moment of confidence. It is a new start – and above all else, there is the magic of the slogan 'Yes, we can'."
She added: "Barack Obama has won in a convincing way. His victory merges the topics of politics and hope, which is very important at times when people are fed up with politics."
Plassnik, who, polls have consistently shown, is one of Austria’s most-trusted and -popular politicians, said she hoped the Democratic candidate's victory would bring about change in regard to "future challenges like climate change and the financial crisis."
SPÖ Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer said: "With Barack Obama, a politician has been elected who has always been engaged on behalf of the socially-disadvantaged."