New President: Ruling Parties Nominate Tamás Sulyok for Head of State in Hungary - Who Is He?

  • 23 Feb 2024 7:41 AM
  • Hungary Matters
New President: Ruling Parties Nominate Tamás Sulyok for Head of State in Hungary - Who Is He?
The ruling parties have decided to nominate Tamás Sulyok, the current head of the Constitutional Court, for head of state.

MPs will decide on accepting the resignation of the outgoing head of state, Katalin Novák, on Monday, Máté Kocsis, the Fidesz group leader, said in Balatonalmádi, where the ruling Fidesz and Christian Democratic parties held a meeting of their parliamentary group.

Kocsis said it would be preferable to appoint Sulyok as soon as possible, but the timing also depended on whether the opposition parties decided to nominate a candidate for the post, and more would be known once a meeting of the house committee meeting is held on Friday.

He said the head of the top court embodied “great authority” and was someone that everyone could take seriously. Meanwhile, new members of the top court will be elected in line with established parliamentary procedures, he said.

Also, Kocsis announced that Tamás Deutsch will lead the Fidesz party’s list in the European parliamentary elections.

The rest of the EP list and candidates running in the local council elections will be decided by Fidesz’s national board in March, he said, adding that the party’s candidate for mayor of Budapest will be named then, too.

Tamás Sulyok - Brief Biography

Tamás Sulyok, the current president of the Constitutional Court who has been nominated for head of state, was born on March 24, 1956 in Kiskunfélegyháza.

In 1980, he graduated from the Faculty of Public Sciences and Law of the József Attila University of Szeged.

In 2004, he gained a qualification in European law from Budapest’s ELTE university and obtained a PhD from Szeged university in 2013, his thesis being on the constitutional status of the legal profession, the regulation of the internal market of the European Community and the connections between legal services.

Between 1997 and 2014 he headed a private legal practice, and from 2000 until his election as a constitutional judge in 2014 he was the honorary consul of Austria in Szeged.

Since September 2005, he has taught constitutional law as a visiting lecturer at Szeged university. He was deputy president of the Constitutional Court from April 2015 and in November 2016 parliament elected him as the court’s president.

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