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Parliament to elect new head of state on Monday

Parliament will elect Hungary's new head of state on Monday, ruling Fidesz's group leader said on Facebook.

Presidential candidates must be backed by one-fifth of MPs to be eligible, Mate Kocsis said after a meeting of the house committee on Friday.

He noted that unlike in 2022, the opposition parties are not nominating a joint candidate this time round. Opposition LMP has recommended legal expert Peter Hack, while Mi Hazank has proposed economist Magdolna Csath for the post, but neither group has the number of lawmakers needed to officially nominate their candidate, Kocsis said. Meanwhile, the other opposition parties have indicated that they will not take part in electing the president, he added.

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