|A portrait of the former Hungarian President Ferenc Madl is seen at the gate of the presidential office in Budapest, Hungary on May 29, 2011. Ferenc Madl, who served as Hungarian president between 2000 and 2005, died on May 29 at the age of 80. (Xinhua/Yang Yongqian)
BUDAPEST, May 29 (Xinhua) -- Former Hungarian President, Ferenc Madl, died on Sunday at the age of 80.
Hungarian President Pal Schmitt expressed his deep pain at news of Madl's death, the presidential office said in a statement. Schmitt personally expressed his condolences to Madl's family, the statement said.
"We are shocked to hear the news. May he rest in peace," Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban wrote on his Facebook page.
Madl's life and work in service of the nation and the country stands as an example to them all, said the governing Fidesz party in a statement.
The leader of Hungary's main opposition Socialist party, Attila Mesterhazy said in a statement that the nation would preserve the memory of Madl in its heart.
Madl was born on Veszprem on Jan. 29, 1931. He graduated in 1955 in the public-administration and law faculty of Budapest's ELTE university before completing a law degree in Strasbourg between 1961 and 1963. He was nominated to the presidency by the center-right Fidesz party in June 2000, and assumed office on Aug. 4. He served as president of Hungry between 2000 and 2005. He was recognized abroad as a legal scholar.