Hungary re-elects president for 5-year term

Hungary re-elects president for 5-year termHungary's president has been re-elected by lawmakers for a five-year term in the second round of voting in parliament, Associated press reported on Monday.

Janos Ader, nominated by Prime Minister Viktor Orban's governing Fidesz party, defeated Laszlo Majtenyi, a former ombudsman for data protection nominated by the left-wing opposition. Ader won by 131 votes to 39, with 29 abstentions in the second round of vote.

Hungary's Basic Law, as the Constitution is called, allows the president, a mostly ceremonial post meant to embody national unity, to serve for a maximum of two terms.

The 57-year-old Ader is a former parliamentary speaker and a member of the European Parliament. The 66-year-old Majtenyi currently heads the Eotvos Karoly Institute, a liberal think tank.

Ader has often spoken out on issues related to environmental protection and ensuring the global water supply.
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