Budapest, March 13 (MTI) – Hungary’s parliament re-elected János Áder for another five-year term as president of the republic, on Monday.
Fully 170 deputies participated in the secret ballot, and all votes were valid.
Áder, the ruling parties’ candidate, garnered 131 votes, while former data commissioner László Majtényi, a candidate supported by the leftist opposition, had 39 votes.
Áder was elected in a second round with a simple majority of votes, after the first round had been rendered inconclusive by neither candidate receiving two-thirds of all deputies in the 199-strong national assembly.
After the vote, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán congratulated the re-elected president, who will start his second term on May 10.
Áder was first elected president on May 2, 2012. Earlier he served as house speaker and as MEP of the ruling Fidesz party.