Hungary fails to re-elect President

Hungary fails to re-elect PresidentHungary's parliament failed to re-elect President Janos Ader in the first round of voting due to the lack of a required two-thirds majority, Speaker Laszlo Kover said on Monday, according to Reuters.

The process in now sent into a second round.

Ader, an ally of Prime Minister Viktor Orban in office since 2012, received 131 of the 175 votes cast, just short of the 133 qualified majority required. Leftist opposition candidate Laszlo Majtenyi, an Orban critic and a former ombudsman for data protection, received 44 votes, Kover said.

Ader is a former parliamentary speaker and the member of the European Parliament. Majtenyi currently heads the Eotvos Karoly Institute, a liberal think tank.

A simple majority of votes is enough to elect a president, a mostly ceremonial post, in the second round, now making Ader's re-election a formality due to Orban's strong parliamentary majority.

The second round is also expected on Monday.
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