Hungary’s President János Áder Poised For Second Term
Tamás Székely 2016.12.30.
Hungarian President János Áder has accepted the ruling Fidesz party’s nomination to serve as Hungary’s president for a second term, the President’s Office told news agency MTI on Thursday.
“I accept the nomination. I will stand in next spring’s democratic election in accordance with the provisions of the constitution,” the office’s statement quoted Áder as saying. The 57-year-old former Hungarian House Speaker and MEP said he had always considered the presidency a constitutional service in which the head of state answers to the Hungarian nation.
In Hungary parliamentary parties can start nominating their candidates 90 days prior to the expiry of the incumbent president’s term, while the election itself will take place during parliament’s spring season. Under the constitution, parliament is obliged to elect the next president 30-60 days before the incumbent president’s term is over.
János Áder has been in office as President of Hungary since May 2012. Previously he served as Speaker of the National Assembly of Hungary from 1998 to 2002 and deputy chairman of the European Parliament Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety from January to May 2012.