Hungary's ruling Socialists chose a rising party stalwart on Saturday to lead them into next year's election in an uphill struggle, burdened by unpopular budget cuts amid a deep recession.
A party congress elected economist Attila Mesterhazy, 35, as prime ministerial candidate for the parliamentary election due in April or May 2010.
The Socialists have been in power for almost eight years.
Mesterhazy became party vice-president and head of the Socialists' parliamentary group earlier this year, in a year marked by political turmoil after the resignation of former prime minister Ferenc Gyurcsany in March 2009.
"We have to raise our heads, straighten our backs and show that we want to win," Mesterhazy told the congress.
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