Hungary’s governing Fidesz party has elected Janos Ader, a strong ally of prime minister Viktor Orban, as the country’s new president.
Opposition socialists boycotted the vote, saying the move will further cement the dominance of Fidesz. Ader has defended Hungary’s constitution, which was re-written by the Fidesz party last year.
The presidential role, which is largely ceremonial, was left vacant after Pal Schmitt resigned amid a plagiarism scandal.
It was revealed that he had copied part of his university dissertation from other work and he was stripped of his doctorate.
The new president will officially start work next week.