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Former head of Constitution Court elected President of Hungary

László Sólyom, jointly nominated by opposition parties Fidesz and the Hungarian Democratic Forum (MDF) received three votes over his Socialist rival, Speaker of the House Katalin Szili in the third round of the presidential elections, and won the ballot 185:182, news portal Index reported. The final result did not come as a surprise, as the Free Democrats? Alliance (SzDSz) had made it clear from the start that it would not back the candidate of its coalition partner. Although both right-wing and left-wing politicians have leveled charges of election fraud against the opposite side, the result is final and Sólyom has already sworn in.
The new president will replace Ferenc Mádl, elected in 2000, whose term expires on August 3.