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Article 30A

(1) The President of the Republic

a)represents the Hungarian State;

b)concludes international treaties and agreements on behalf of the Republic of Hungary.  If the subject of the agreement belongs under the competence of the legislation, the prior agreement of Parliament is required for concluding the agreement;

c)accredits and receives ambassadors and envoys;

d)sets the dates for the parliamentary elections and for the general elections of local authorities;

e)may participate in, and have the floor at, the meetings of Parliament and parliamentary committees;

f)may propose that Parliament take certain measures;

g)may make a motion for the holding of a plebiscite;

h)according to rules defined in a separate law, appoints and relieves of their duties state secretaries and ombudsmen;

i)on the proposal of persons or organs defined in a separate law, appoints and relieves the president and vice presidents of the Hungarian National Bank, and university professors; appoints and relieves of their duties the rectors of universities; appoints and promotes generals; confirms the president of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in his office;

j)confers the titles defined in the law, awards orders of merit and distinctions, and authorizes using or wearing them;

k)exercises the right of granting elemency in individual cases, l)decides in citizenship cases;

m)decides all affairs separate laws have referred to his competence.

(2) Every measure and decree of the President of the Republic – except for those contained in points a), d), c), f) and g) – require countersigning by the Prime Minister or the competent minister.