January 18, 2014 / 4:37 PM / 6 years ago

Hungarian president sets parliamentary election for April 6

Hungary's President Janos Ader waits to address the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, September 25, 2012. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary will hold a parliamentary election on April 6, President Janos Ader announced in a statement on Saturday.

Ader said it was in Hungary’s interest to have a new parliament and government as soon as possible.

“It is a rightful expectation of Hungary’s citizens that the election campaign should not be longer than necessary and justified,” he added.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s ruling centre-right Fidesz party has a strong lead in opinion surveys over the leftist opposition.

Reporting by Krisztina Than; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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