Hungarian Socialists choose Attila Mesterhazy as PM nominee

10:21, December 13, 2009      

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The Hungarian Socialist Party MSZP chose 35-year-old Attila Mesterhazy, their current parliamentary caucus leader, as their nominee for prime minister in next spring's elections, the party announced following its Saturday congress.

Mesterhazy received 90 percent of the votes.

The currently governing Socialists are widely expected to lose the election, with main opposition party Fidesz leading by over 30percent in all public opinion polls, even in conservative estimates.

Mesterhazy holds a PhD from the Budapest University of Economics and completed postdoctoral fellowships at Valladolid University in Spain, the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna and Groningen University in the Netherlands. He served in the prime minister's office as a specialist in economics and European integration in 1997 and 1998, and was a project manager at Hill and Knowlton, a public relations and communications firm in 1999 and 2000. He returned to the political arena in 2000 as an advisor to Peter Medgyessy, who was Hungary's prime minister from 2002 to 2004.

Mesterhazy became a member of the Socialist Party's national leadership in 2003, served as a deputy minister from 2002 to 2006 and has been a Member of Parliament since 2004. He has been parliamentary caucus leader since August 2009. He speaks Spanish and English.

He called for the restoration of respect for work, a government that provides services and combats poverty, modernization, and nationwide cooperation around a minimum agenda.

Source: Xinhua
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