Hungary's newly elected president, Janos Ader (centre), takes his oath of office in parliament in Budapest. ( Image: Reuters )
The ruling conservative Fidesz-KDNP bloc, which commands a two-thirds majority in parliament, elected Janos Ader, 52, a long-time party member as the next president with 262 votes in the 386-seat parliament.
Ader, a lawyer, takes the post at a critical time for the central European country, which is seeking a new loan from the European Union and International Monetary Fund in order to avert a funding crisis and cut its high borrowing costs.
After almost three years as a member of European Parliament, Ader inherits an office tarnished by the resignation of Pal Schmitt, an Olympic fencing gold medalist who stepped down last month after a plagiarism row, in which a Budapest university stripped him of his sports doctorate.
Ader defended Hungary's constitution which Fidesz rewrote last year, and which critics said helped cement the party's power beyond the end of its current term in 2014.
The transition is not expected to have any impact on the government's political agenda as the president's post is to a great extent ceremonial.