Hungary elects new president

May 2, 2012, midnight

Hungary’s parliament on Wednesday elected Janos ADER as the country’s new president. ADER, of the ruling FIDESZ party, received 262 votes in the 386-seat chamber, while Krisztina MORVAI of the far-right Jobbik Party came in second with 40 votes. The Hungarian Socialist Party boycotted the poll. Presidential elections were last held in 2010 but its winner, Pal Schmitt, was forced to resign last month after a controversy that he plagiarized his 1992 thesis. To be elected, the president must win two-thirds of legislative votes in the first two rounds or a simple majority in the third round.

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