PERSON AND PLACES
Ms.Katalin Novak has recently won the Presidential election and became the first female President of Hungary. She was greeted by the former President of the country at the entrance of the Sandor Palace, the residence of the Hungarian president.
She succeeds Ms. Janos Ader and the official inauguration ceremony will take place at the Kossuth Square in front of the Parliament.
She won 137 votes in the parliament, which is dominated by Orban’s right-wing Fidesz party, defeating opponent Peter Rona, an economist.
She was a close ally of the Prime Minister of Hungary Mr. Viktor Orban and previously she served as a minister for a family policy since 2020 but resigned as the Minister when she decided to run for president.
She began her political career as an advisor in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2001 and she left the post in 2003. In 2010, she became an advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and in 2012, she became the Minister of Human Resources Head of Cabinet. She has been a Member of Parliament since 2018.