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Lawmakers electing Hungary's president for 5-year term

  • Hungarian President Janos Ader delivers his speech during the plenary session of the unicameral Hungarian Parliament in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, March 13, 2017, when the deputies elect the President of Hungary for the next term of five years. Janos Ader is up against the candidate of the opposition coalition Laszlo Majtenyi for the post. (Szilard Koszticsak/MTI via AP)

    Hungarian President Janos Ader delivers his speech during the plenary session of the unicameral Hungarian Parliament in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, March 13, 2017, when the deputies elect the President of Hungary for the next term of five years. Janos Ader is up against the candidate of the opposition coalition Laszlo Majtenyi for the post. (Szilard Koszticsak/MTI via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Hungarian Presidential candidate of the opposition coalition, Laszlo Majtenyi , delivers his speech during the plenary session of the unicameral Hungarian Parliament in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, March 13, 2017, when the deputies elect the President of Hungary for the next term of five years. Majtenyi is up against Hungarian President in office Janos Ader for the post. (Szilard Koszticsak/MTI via AP)

    Hungarian Presidential candidate of the opposition coalition, Laszlo Majtenyi , delivers his speech during the plenary session of the unicameral Hungarian Parliament in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, March 13, 2017, when the deputies elect the President of Hungary for the next term of five years. Majtenyi is up against Hungarian President in office Janos Ader for the post. (Szilard Koszticsak/MTI via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Hungarian President Janos Ader delivers his speech in the foreground of Speaker of the Parliament Laszlo Kover during the plenary session of the unicameral Hungarian Parliament in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, March 13, 2017, when the deputies elect the President of Hungary for the next term of five years. Janos Ader is up against the candidate of the opposition coalition Laszlo Majtenyi for the post. (Szilard Koszticsak/MTI via AP)

    Hungarian President Janos Ader delivers his speech in the foreground of Speaker of the Parliament Laszlo Kover during the plenary session of the unicameral Hungarian Parliament in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, March 13, 2017, when the deputies elect the President of Hungary for the next term of five years. Janos Ader is up against the candidate of the opposition coalition Laszlo Majtenyi for the post. (Szilard Koszticsak/MTI via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Hungarian lawmakers are expected to re-elect President Janos Ader for a five-year term, a mostly ceremonial post meant to embody national unity.

Ader, 57, has been nominated by Prime Minister Viktor Orban's governing Fidesz party, while the left-wing opposition parties have nominated Laszlo Majtenyi, a former ombudsman for data protection.

Ader is a former parliamentary speaker and member of the European Parliament. Majtenyi, 66, currently heads the Eotvos Karoly Institute, a liberal think tank.

If no candidate wins a two-thirds majority in the first round of voting, a simple majority will be enough in the second round. Both rounds will be held Monday.

Ader took office in May 2012, after former Olympic fencing champion Pal Schmitt resigned after 20 months in office because of a plagiarism scandal.