Former Hungarian president Ferenc Mádl dies aged 80
Monday, May 30, 2011
Hungary from August 4, 2000 to August 5, 2005, died aged 80 on Sunday. During his time in office, Mádl became co-chairman of the and was recognized for his work in securing peace and solidarity in Europe., of
Mádl studied law at's , graduating in 1955. He went on to work in the before becoming head of its law department. After a career in law, Mádl entered politics, becoming a in the first government. He later became Hungary's Minister of Education, a post he held in 1993 and 1994.
During his time as president, Mádl oversaw three prime ministers:, and current prime minister .
Current Hungarian presidentpaid tribute to Mádl upon learning of his death. A statement released by his office said, "Pal Schmitt learnt with deep sorrow of the former head of state's death, and on this day personally expressed his condolences to [Mádl's] family." Prime Minister Orban commented on posted on his Facebook page, "We are shocked to hear the news. May he rest in peace!"
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