“The new president has to try to unite the country”, said Archbishop of Vienna and President of the Austrian Bishops’ Conference (ÖBK) Cardinal Christoph Schönborn after the vote for electing the federal president, with the victory of Independent Alexander Van der Bellen. “The electoral campaign became highly polarised, in society and in the church, too”, declared the Cardinal to Catholic Agency “Kath Press”. “I think democratic Austrians are mature enough to collaborate. That will be the first promotion commitment for the new President”. According to Schönborn, for the new President, for citizens, and for all the political groups in question “the challenge is seeking respect and responsibility”. “High turnout shows us high respect of Austrians for the office of President – the said Archbishop of Vienna – and the people expect him to represent the country as part of the family of nations, being an example of good cooperation: taking into consideration the minimum difference in the election result, it is important for the new President to represent union rather than separation”. At the end of his speech, the Cardinal said: “I wish the new President God’s blessing, hoping for good results, making Austria a constantly stable, free and flourishing country”, playing a significant role “in Europe and in the world”.