President of Hungary

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President of the
Republic of Hungary
Magyarország köztársasági elnöke
Flag of the President of Hungary.svg
Ader Janos.jpg
Incumbent
János Áder

since 10 May 2012
ResidenceSándor Palace
Budapest, Hungary
AppointerNational Assembly
Term lengthFive years, renewable once
Inaugural holderMátyás Szűrös
Formation23 October 1989
WebsiteThe Office of the President of the Republic:
keh.hu (in Hungarian; at October 2012, home page offered link to English module)

The President of the Republic of Hungary (Hungarian: Magyarország köztársasági elnöke, államelnök, or államfő) is the head of state of Hungary. The office has a largely ceremonial (figurehead) role. The president may also veto legislation or send legislation to the Constitutional Court for review.

Most other executive powers, such as selecting Government ministers and leading legislative initiatives, are given in the office of the Prime Minister instead.

The current President of the Republic is János Áder, who took office on 10 May 2012.

List of Presidents (since 1989)[change | change source]

Parties   MSZP   SZDSZ   Fidesz   Independent

No. Picture Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Political Party Position(s) Term
(Election)
Szűrös Mátyás 1989 (crop).jpg Mátyás Szűrös
(born 1933)
23 October 1989 2 May 1990 MSZP Provisional President of the Republic
GönczÁrpád.jpg Árpád Göncz
(1922–2015)
2 May 1990 3 August 1990 SZDSZ Acting President of the Republic
1 4 August 1990 4 August 1995 President of the Republic 1 (1990)
4 August 1995 4 August 2000 2 (1995)
2 Ferenc Mádl.jpg Ferenc Mádl
(1931–2011)
4 August 2000 5 August 2005 Independent 3 (2000)
3 László Sólyom.jpg László Sólyom
(born 1942)
5 August 2005 6 August 2010 4 (2005)
4 SchmittPal-2011-01.jpg Pál Schmitt
(born 1942)
6 August 2010 2 April 2012
(resigned)
Fidesz 5 (2010)
László Kövér Senate of Poland 01.JPG László Kövér
(born 1959)
2 April 2012 10 May 2012 Acting President of the Republic
5 Ader Janos.jpg János Áder
(born 1959)
10 May 2012 8 May 2017 President of the Republic 6 (2012)
8 May 2017 Incumbent 7 (2017)

Living former presidents[change | change source]

There are three living former Hungarian presidents:

Other websites[change | change source]