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Constitution Court elects president

Hungary's Constitution Court elected Mihály Bihari as its president on Tuesday. Bihari succeeds András Holló, who chaired the court since 2003. Bihari is a legal expert, sociologist and teacher at the Law Faculty of Budapest's ELTE University. In the late 1980's he was founding member of the Hungarian Democratic Forum, the New March Front and the Openness Club, organisations that were instrumental in changing the political system in the country. He was elected as an MP in 1994. Members of the Constitutional Court are elected by parliament, while the president is elected by the judges themselves. On September 26 a long drawn-out deadlock between Hungary's four parliamentary parties was ended when two new members were selected to the court which had been operating with only 8 members since 2004. One position is still vacant in the court.