Hungarian parliament elects Katalin Novak as president

The Hungarian parliament has elected Katalin Novak as the country’s first female president for a five-year term on Thursday, winning over economist Peter Rona in a vote split along party lines.
Katalin Novak, nominated by the ruling Fidesz Party, which with its ally, the Christian Democratic People’s Party, holds 133 seats in the 199-member parliament, won the election in a vote of 137 to 51, and will take office on May 10.
The Hungarian president, whose duties are largely ceremonial, is elected by the parliament, and a candidate must receive a two-thirds majority of all incumbent members of parliament to be elected in the first round of voting, otherwise a second is held.
Novak, a former member of the government as minister without portfolio for family affairs, will become Hungary’s first female president.
“Hungarians want peace. We women do not want to win the war, we want peace.
“Let there be peace, freedom and understanding,” she said.
Novak is taking over from incumbent President Janos Ader, who is ending his second term.
She started her political career in 2001 at the foreign ministry, specializing in European matters. In December 2021, Novak stepped down as minister upon her nomination.
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Hungarian parliament elects Katalin Novak as president

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