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PRESIDENT MEETS VISITORS AT HER OFFICE TO MARK 1ST ANNIV IN POST

 

Katalin Novák, Hungary’s president, greeted and guided around visitors in her Sándor Palace office in a public event marking the first anniversary of taking office, on Sunday. Welcoming visitors in Sándor Palace is symbolising the president’s policy of open-doors to the public, communications director Vajk Farkas told MTI. President Novák guided groups of visitors through the historic halls and rooms where meetings with foreign dignitaries take place, Farkas said, adding the guests’ book including a note Pope Francis wrote in it during his recent visit was also shown to them. Among visitors lining up to enter, the president conversed with regular participants at teachers’ demonstrations about their situation and demands. She told them that she agreed with them on their concern of low wages which she said should be increased irrespective of EU funds. “This is what I’ve said before, and this is what I still think,” the president said. Later in the day, in a Facebook post, the president thanked the several thousand people for visiting Sándor Palace on the weekend. Novák was elected president by parliament on March 10 and was sworn in on May 14 in 2022. She is serving as the sixth president since the 1989/90 change of political system.