Unicameral parliament of 386 members, of whom 176 are elected from single-member constituencies.
Constitutionally, supreme power is vested in parliament. The Constitutional Court has powers to overturn parliamentary decisions and government decrees deemed to contradict the constitution
Universal direct suffrage over the age of 18
April 9th and 23rd 2006 (parliamentary) and June 7th 2005 (presidential); next elections scheduled for 2010 (parliamentary, presidential and municipal)
Head of state
President, currently Laszlo Solyom, who was elected to a five-year term by parliament on June 7th 2005
A centre-left minority government, led by Ferenc Gyurcsany and comprising the Hungarian Socialist Party; the SZDSZ-Hungarian Liberal Party left the government in April 2008. The government currently has 190 seats in parliament
Main political parties
Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP); Fidesz-Hungarian Civic Union (Fidesz); Christian Democratic People's Party (KDNP); Hungarian Democratic Forum (MDF); SZDSZ-Hungarian Liberal Party (SZDSZ).