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Jan 19, 2017

Hungarian MEP re-elected as European Parliament's vice-president

Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz, an MEP representing the Fidesz party, was elected to the post with 310 votes cast in her favor

A Hungarian MEP has been re-elected as one of the European Parliament’s vice-presidents in Strasbourg.

According to MTI, Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz, an MEP representing the Fidesz party, was elected to the post with 310 votes cast in her favor. MEPs were to elect altogether 14 vice-presidents.

To be elected an EP vice president, a candidate must garner more than half of the votes cast. At the plenary, 680 MEPs cast their votes, 62 of which were invalid.

Meanwhile, the Hungarian members of the European Parliament reacted to the election of Antonio Tajani as EP President. The MEPs of the center-right Fidesz and Christian Democratic parties congratulated the 63-year old former vice-president of the European Commssion. 

“The EP will have a president who is a friend of Hungary,” the Fidesz-KDNP group said. With the election of the conservative Italian politician, it is expected that greater focus will be given to Christian values also represented by Fidesz, it said. The EP’s composition, however, has not changed, and the “political attacks mounted by the left are expected to continue against Hungary”. The Fidesz-KDNP group will continue to strenuously uphold Hungary’s interests in Brussels.