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Hungarian President Ader agrees to stand for second term
Last Updated: 2016-12-30 08:02 | Xinhua
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Hungarian President Janos Ader agreed on Thursday to stand for a second term at the request of Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who was speaking for his Fidesz Party last week.

In a statement issued by the Office of the President, Ader said his role was to be responsible for and accountable to the Hungarian nation.

If elected, he wrote, he would continue to act as a constitutional monitor of legislation. This means that he will send bills back to parliament for reconsideration should he note any anomaly.

Ader's current term expires in May. The president in Hungary is elected by parliament where Fidesz holds a firm majority.

In principle parliament requires a two thirds majority to elect a president, but if no candidate receives the qualified majority after two rounds of voting, a simple majority is sufficient in the third round, so Ader is almost certain to be elected.

Ader was a member of Fidesz but resigned as a prerequisite to running for president since the president is expected to be non-partisan and to represent all of the Hungarian people.

Ader has been active on environmental issues and has traveled regularly as a goodwill ambassador.

Ader has been the President of Hungary since May 10, 2012.

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