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New “District-City-Center” Named After Árpád Göncz Former President Of Hungary

Robert Velkey 2016.09.28.

After a year of the Árpád Göncz’s death, who was the first president after communist era, the local government of the 13th district decided to “put the ex-president on the map”.


The centre of Budapest’s 13th district has been named after Árpád Göncz, Hungary’s first post-communist president between 1990 and 2000, in a ceremony on Tuesday. Addressing the event, Mayor József Tóth said that with this move the municipality wanted to pay tribute to President Göncz’s ideals, philosophy and lifetime achievements, a personality who served the cause of the public throughout his life.


At the ceremony, family members and the mayor unveiled a tablet and a memorial stone. The ceremony was attended by lawmakers, a former minister of the opposition Socialist party, the leader of the Hungarian Liberal Party and a former leader of the now defunct Alliance of Free Democrats. Árpád Göncz died in October 2015 at the age of 93.