János Áder to serve five more years as President of Hungary

János Áder to serve five more years as President of Hungary

János Áder to serve five more years as President of Hungary

János Áder, the technocratic Fidesz politician who was the mastermind behind the electoral map and system that heavily favours the ruling party, was elected by parliament on Monday to serve a second five year term as President of Hungary. Mr. Áder and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán have had their differences over the years and not too long ago, it appeared as though rather than a second term as Hungary’s largely ceremonial president, Mr. Áder sought to become the Secretary General of the United Nations. In order to build international credibility on a major global issue, Mr. Áder briefly embrace environmental protection as his new passion. But on Monday, in a second round of voting, the near super majority that Fidesz commands in parliament sent Mr. Áder back to the Sándor Palace, perched up over Budapest in the Castle District, for another five years. Mr. Orbán had earlier suggested that for the president to have real legitimacy, he must win two thirds of the votes in Parliament. On Monday, Mr. Áder failed to win two thirds of the 199 MPs, with 131 MPs voting for him and the entire centre-left opposition, usually fragmented, showing a united front with 44 votes for their nominee, László Majtényi, Hungary’s former ombudsman. In the second round of voting, Mr. Áder only needed a simple majority and, not surprisingly, he got this without trouble.
János Áder
Fidesz and their partner, the Christian Democratic People’s Party , voted for Mr. Áder, while the Socialists, the Democratic Coalition, the Politics Can Be Different party and all left-leaning independent MPs backed Mr. Majtényi. Jobbik did not formally endorse either candidate. Mr. Majtényi had the opportunity to address parliament, as one of the two nominees. “Regardless of our convictions and regardless of which party we support, it is better for all of us, if we can live under the rule of institutions, rather than people. Under the rule of people, our life is less predictable, than when we are governed by institutions,” remarked Mr. Majtényi and then added that it seems that today more people are taking advice from Machiavelli. “If the ruler needs to find an enemy, one day it’s the migrant, today it is the bad oligarch, tomorrow it is Soros and then the day after tomorrow you yourself will become the enemy,” noted the former ombudsman eloquently.
Hungarian Presidential candidate of the opposition coalition, Lászlo Majtényi, delivers his speech during the plenary session of the unicameral Hungarian Parliament in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, March 13, 2017. Photo: MRI. 
Mr. Majtényi promised that he would be independent of the parties who supported him, as president, saying that he would “sur…

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