President Áder accepts nomination, runs for second term

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Hungary’s President János Áder has accepted a nomination to serve a second term from governing party Fidesz, the president’s office has told state news agency MTI.

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Áder was chosen by governing Fidesz members to be the party’s choice of presidential candidate for the next term, according to reports on December 22, although earlier speculation had suggested the party would not back the incumbent for a second term. 

After the nomination, Áder reportedly said that he had always considered the presidency a constitutional service in which the head of state answers to the Hungarian nation, MTI reported.

Áder has filled the position since May 2012 and his term expires this May. Hungarian news portal index.hu reported that the decision was made at a meeting of Fidesz held at Dobogókő (a tourist site in the village of Pilisszentkereszt, some 20 km from Budapest in the Pilis Mountains). The meeting also focused on organizational and personal issues of upcoming campaigns, the portal reported.

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