New parliament to meet on May 8

President Janos Ader has called the first session of Hungary’s new parliament to be held on May 8, the president’s office said on Tuesday.

He has asked Viktor Orban, who topped the list of the Fidesz-Christian Democrats’ joint party list for the April 8 general election, to start talks on forming a government. The national assembly’s session is scheduled to begin at 10am.

Under Hungary’s constitution, the president is to call the inaugural session of the country’s new parliament within 30 days after the general election.

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 founding 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 8 general election.

Also, the formation of the parties’ parliamentary groups will be announced. At the election, ruling Fidesz and the Christian Democrats secured 133 seats in Hungary’s 199-seat parliament, meaning a two-thirds supermajority. Opposition seats will be occupied by 26 lawmakers for radical nationalist Jobbik, 20 lawmakers for the Socialist-Parbeszed electoral alliance, 9 for the leftist Democratic Coalition and 8 for green LMP. Egyutt and the ethnic German minority will be represented by a single lawmaker. An independent candidate has also made it to parliament.

Source and photo: MTI


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