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Imre Hollai (Hungary)

Elected President of the thirty-seventh session of the General Assembly

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Imre Hollai, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Hungary, was today elected President of the General Assembly at its thirty-seventh regular session .

Mr. Hollai has been his country's Deputy Foreign Minister since June 1980, after having served a previous term in this post, from 1970 to 1974. From 1974 to 1980 he was the Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations.

Born on 22 January 1925, Mr. Hollai was educated at the University of Political Sciences in Hungary. He joined the Hungarian Foreign Service in 1949, serving, among other posts, as Counsellor and Deputy Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations from 1956 'to 1960, and as Ambassador to Greece and Cyprus from 1964 to 1970. From 1960 to 1963 Mr. Hollai was Head of the Department for Foreign Relations of the Central Committee of the Hungarian Socialist Worker's Party.

Mr. Hollai has headed his Government's delegation to a wide range of United Nations meetings, including the eighth (1978), ninth (1978) and eleventh (1980) special sessions of the General Assembly and its sixth emergency special session (1980). In 1977 he was Vice-Chairman of the First Committee of the General Assembly (Disarmament and International Security), and in 1979 he served as Vice-president of the Economic and Social Council.

Mr. Hollai is married and has one son.