Tuesday, June 07, 2005

László Sólyom elected Hungary's new President

In the final third round vote the governing Socialist Party's candidate Katalin Szili, Speaker of the Parliament, polled 182 votes, and László Sólyom, former President of the Constitutional Court polled 185. The junior coalition partner of the Socialist Party, the Free Democrats, abstained because they felt that Szili was too involved in party politics. Not only does this represent a defeat for the Socialists it will generate bad feeling withing the governing coalition.