Katalin Novák, until now president of the Political Network for Values, was elected as the new president of Hungary this Thursday, March 10, by the Parliament of that country. She received 137 votes out of 188 votes cast and will take office on May 10. For the entire Network team, it is an honor and a pride to have served alongside her these years.
Novák served as family minister in the government of Viktor Orbán and was primarily responsible for implementing a series of public policies, with a subsidiary and non-welfare approach, that have reconfigured the country’s social landscape.
Hungary today experiences significant demographic growth, an increase in marriages and in the average number of children per family, a drop in divorces and abortions, effective mechanisms for the integration of grandparents and protection for women and families in vulnerable situations. In addition to special attention to the housing problem of Hungarian families.
Novak is convinced that the regeneration of society goes through the strengthening of the family nucleus. In her first speech before parliament she asked for God’s help and promised “to be a good head of state who defends the family as the basis of sovereignty.”
At only 44 years old, married and with three children, Novak is the first female president of the Republic of Hungary, and is the first woman to lead the country since 1780, when the government of Queen Maria Teresa ended. In her new role, she will be head of state and commander of the Armed Forces; she will be able to veto laws that she considers harmful to the country and send them to the Constitutional Court for review.
The new president resigned from the vice presidency of the Fidesz party and the presidency of the Political Network for Values due to the legal requirements of her new role. She ex-ministers her and replaces Janos Ader, also a member of Fidesz.