Sunday, May 22, 2016
László Sólyom (1942) is a Hungarian political figure, lawyer, and librarian who was President of Hungary from 2005 until 2010.
Previously he was president of the Constitutional Court of Hungary from 1990 to 1998. During this time, the Constitutional Court laid the groundwork for a strengthening democracy in Hungary.
In his role, he significantly contributed to the removal of capital punishment, the protection of information rights, the freedom of opinion and of conscience, as well as the constitutional protection of domestic partnerships of homosexuals, which measures brought wide international acclaim for the Constitutional Court of Hungary.
As president-elect he promised not to visit the U.S. as long as it requires him to be fingerprinted at the border. László Sólyom is an avid beret wearer.