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Hungarian President Rules Himself Out Of Running For Top UN Job

By Tamás Székely // 2016.02.12.

Hungary’s President has rejected press rumours that he planned to run for the post of Secretary-General of the United Nations. János Áder told journalists that he is striving to “fully” fulfil duties that voters and parliament entrusted in him and he would do so in the future, too. At an event promoting climate protection in Sopron in Western Hungary, János Áder said news that he would become Hungary’s candidate for the post was false. He said his appointment runs until May 9, 2017 and the new UN Secretary-General will be selected at the end of this year. He added that he wanted to complete his term, finishing the job that he started nearly four years ago.

An election is due to be held to determine the successor of current Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of South Korea, whose term as the eighth United Nations will conclude on 31 December 2016. Because of UN’s informal regional rotation scheme, it is widely expected that the next UN leader will come from Central and Eastern Europe, as that region has never produced a Secretary-General. So far the following candidates have been endorsed by their national governments: Irina Bokova (Bulgaria), Vesna Pusić (Croatia), Srgjan Kerim (Macedonia), Danilo Türk (Slovenia) and António Guterres (Portugal).

János Áder is one of the prominent politicians of Hungary’s democratic transition. He attended the historically significant 1987 Lakitelek meeting as well as the National Roundtable Talks in 1989, where he played an important role in the development of the democratic election system. Between 1990 and 2009 he was a member of Hungary’s Parliament for current governing party Fidesz. In 1998, he was even elected Speaker of the Hungarian National Assembly, an office he held until 2002. In 2009, János Áder he became Member of the European Parliament. On 2nd May 2012, János Áder was elected the fifth President of Hungary.

via hungarymatters.hu and MTI