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New parliament to meet on May 2

President Janos Ader has convened the inaugural session of Hungary's new parliament for May 2, the president's office said on Tuesday.

Under Hungary’s constitution, the inaugural session of the new parliament is convened by the president and must be held no later than 30 days after the parliamentary elections.

The national assembly’s session is scheduled to begin at 11am.

The session will be opened by the president who will put forward a nomination for the country’s next prime minister, to be elected with a simple majority of the votes.

The inaugural session will also elect a parliamentary speaker, the deputy speakers and the notaries in a secret ballot.

After the vote the heads of the National Election Office and the National Election Committee will present their reports about the April 3 general election.

Also, the formation of the parties’ parliamentary groups will be announced.

In the election, the ruling alliance of Fidesz and the Christian Democrats secured 135 seats in Hungary’s 199-seat parliament, translating into a two-thirds supermajority. The united opposition comprising the leftist Democratic Coalition, conservative Jobbik, green LMP, the Socialist Party and the liberal Momentum and Parbeszed parties secured 57 seats. Radical party Mi Hazank (Our Homeland) won 6 seats, while the ethnic German minority will be represented by a single lawmaker.

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