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Mar 13, 2017

President János Áder elected president of Hungary for another five-year term

Earlier today, Parliament failed to elect a president in the first round of voting due to the lack of a required two-thirds majority, sending the process into a second round

Hungary’s parliament has voted President János Áder into office for another five-year term.

The president won the majority vote with 131 votes out of a possible 199.

Earlier on today, Parliament failed to elect a president in the first round of voting due to the lack of a required two-thirds majority, sending the process into a second round.

During the first vote, President Áder received 131 of the 175 votes cast, just short of the 133 qualified majority required.

A simple majority of votes was enough to elect the president in the second round, meaning the current president, who has been in office since 2012, kept his seat.

President Áder was up against George Soros backed candidate László Majtényi, who received just 44 votes, for Hungary’s president.

Although Majtenyi has denied knowing George Soros,  sources say this "cannot be true” as they established the Eötvös Károly Public Policy Institute together years ago. The aim of setting up the institute was to influence public opinion, Hungarian politics and public life.