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May 09, 2018

László Kövér re-elected speaker of Hungary’s parliament

The speaker remains convinced that every member of the new parliament would respect the will of the Hungarian people and submit themselves to the rules of parliamentary democracy

László Kövér has been re-elected as the speaker of Hungary’s parliament in a secret ballot with 143 votes in support, 35 against and one abstention.

After the official announcement, Kövér took his oath of office and promised predictability for the upcoming parliamentary cycle during his inauguration address.

“I am and will remain predictable in my conviction that Hungary’s sole path to prosperity lies in parliamentary democracy based on the sovereign will of the people and that the only legitimate source of political power in our country is the community of the Hungarian voters,” Kövér said.

“I am and will remain predictable in my actions that will be aimed at respecting, enforcing and safeguarding the sovereign will of the Hungarian people under all circumstances. I ask and expect the same from all my fellow representatives, whether they be from the ruling parties or the opposition...”

The speaker added that “in spite of the developments of the past years, weeks and hours”, he remained convinced that every member of the new parliament would respect the will of the Hungarian people and submit themselves to the rules of parliamentary democracy.

He said those who do not would be harming Hungary as opposed to their political rivals. “And I can promise you that together with my political community we will protect our country and Hungarian democracy under all circumstances,” he concluded.