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PM Orbán Ousts Security Intelligence Agency Chief

Péter Cseresnyés 2020.09.15.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán removed Zoltán Kiss, Director General of one of Hungary’s most prominent secret services, the Constitution Protection Office, with immediate effect.

The Minister of Interior, Sándor Pintér, responsible for the management of civilian national security agencies, proposed the idea.

The reason for Kiss’ removal is unclear at this point. The story only hit the news after government-critical news site hvg.hu noticed the announcement in the September 14th issue of the Hungarian Gazette.

The Constitution Protection Office (AH) is a Hungarian internal security intelligence agency. The agency’s website states, “the focus of its operation is taking effective action against efforts that covertly threaten Hungary’s sovereignty, constitutional order, social and economic stability.”

According to an earlier article of leftist daily Népszava, Orbán seemed rather pleased with the performance of the secret services last year, when he inaugurated the agency’s building in district 11 in Budapest.

Featured photo by Zoltán Máthé/MTI