For the first time in its 130-year history, the Austrian SPÖ had chosen a woman as party leader. The Social Democrats elected their party conference in the city of Welsh for the 47-year-old Pamela Rendi-Wagner.
Rendi-Wagner received 97.8 percent of the votes. There were no opposing candidates. She succeeds the former SPÖ leader and former Federal Chancellor Christian Kern, who recently left politics.
The SPÖ has been in the opposition since the election defeat a year ago.