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Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has broken a Hungarian record: as of today, he is the longest-running Prime Minister in the history of Hungary. So far, Kálmán Tisza held the record with 14 years and 144 days in office, which has now been overturned by the current Prime Minister.

Until Sunday, Kálmán Tisza, who was born in 1830 and died in 1902, was the Prime Minister in power for the longest time in Hungary, but from Monday, this person is Viktor Orbán. Called General by his party associates, Tisza was a politician of the Liberal Party in the age of the dualism, holding the position between 1875 and 1890 for a total of 14 years and 144 days.

Today, however, Viktor Orbán has preceded him, as he now has one more working day as head of government. However, it is also worth noting that we must also take into account the Fidesz government between 1998 and 2002 to reach 14 years and 145 days in total. In order to achieve the performance of Tisza and hold the title continuously for 14 years and 145 days, Orbán must remain Prime Minister until December 2024.

Pro-government daily Magyar Hírlap was the first to draw attention to the record, but the Minister of Justice, Judit Varga, also congratulated Orbán on Facebook. The minister, who also sent her good wishes to the head of the government, said: “historical times, historical results, historical perspectives.”

Történelmi idők, történelmi eredmények, történelmi távlatok. Orbán Viktor miniszterelnök úr holnaptól az összességében…

Posted by Varga Judit on Sunday, 29 November 2020

The third Prime Minister longest in office is György Lázár, who served as the head of the government for twelve years during the Kádár-era of the communist dictatorship, while the fourth place is held by Count István Bethlen, who was in office during the Horthy-era, after the Trianon peace treaty, for ten years.

featured photo: Vivien Cher Benko/MTI/Miniszterelnöki Sajtóiroda