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Hungarian political traditions are determined by a thousand years of Hungarian statehood. Before the political transition, the Hungarian political evolution had been characterized by a weak democratic but strong parliamentary system. In the Hungarian political system, the most prominent state and representative organ is its 386-member Parliament, the Hungarian National Assembly. Its legal status and functions are regulated by the Constitution. Members of the Parliament are elected every 4 years in the course of a regular election campaign, and the winning party or coalition then has the legal right to nominate the prime minister, who formulates the program of the government. The head of the state is the president of the republic, who is elected by the members of the Parliament for 5 years.

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