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János Áder To Be Nominated For Second Term As President Of Hungary

By Tamás Székely // 2016.12.23.

Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party will nominate János Áder as Hungary’s head of state for another five-year term, right-wing daily Magyar Idők said, citing Lajos Kósa, the party’s deputy leader and head of the parliamentary group.


Prime Minister Viktor Orbán sees no reason to replace his long-time friend as President of the Republic –                   photo: Viktor Orbán and János Áder as young Fidesz MPs in 1991

“It is a matter of consensus that Áder, whose mandate will expire next May, should be the candidate of Fidesz for the post,” Kósa told the paper after a two-day session of the party. Prime Minister and Fidesz leader Viktor Orbán said last week that he greatly appreciated Áder’s efforts, and his continuing in the post was “among the important possibilities if he himself wishes to do so”.  House Speaker László Kövér earlier lauded Áder’s expression of the unity of the nation during his term and said the president had been “transparent” and “clear” in his decisions on sending back bills to parliament or the Constitutional Court.

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. Áder has been in office as president since May 2012.

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