The Hungarian parliament on Thursday elected Katalin Novak as the country’s first woman president. The Anadolu news agency reports that a close ally of Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Novak was elected to the mostly ceremonial role by 137 votes to 51 in the parliament dominated by Orban’s right-wing Fidesz party. The 44 year-old politician is also Hungary’s youngest-ever head of state, and most recently served as a minister for a family policy where she has been the face of government policies including generous tax breaks and handouts designed to encourage young families to have more children.
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