Prime Minister Viktor Orbán discussed the formation of his cabinet on Wednesday, according to his press chief, Bertalan Havasi. There are five names on the list who were not members of the fourth Orbán government as ministers.
The meeting was attended by János Csák, Gergely Gulyás, János Lázár, István Nagy, Márton Nagy, Tibor Navracsics, László Palkovics, Sándor Pintér, Antal Rogán, Zsolt Semjén, Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky, and Judit Varga, the press chief said.
The fourth and latest Orbán government looked
- Viktor Orbán – Prime Minister
- Zsolt Semjén – Deputy Prime Minister, Minister without portfolio for National Politics, Church Affairs, and Nationalities
- Mihály Varga – Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance
- Sándor Pintér – Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior
- Gergely Gulyás – Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office
- Antal Rogán – Minister of the Prime Minister’s Cabinet Office
- Péter Szijjártó – Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- László Trócsányi (until 2019) and Judit Varga (after 2019) – Minister of Justice
- Miklós Kásler – Minister of Human Resources
- László Palkovics – Minister of Innovation and Technology
- István Nagy – Minister of Agriculture
- Tibor Benkő – Minister of Defence
- János Süli – Minister without Portfolio for the planning, construction, and commissioning of the two new blocks at Paks Nuclear Power Plant
- Andrea Bártfai-Mager – Minister without Portfolio for managing national wealth
- Katalin Novák – Minister without Portfolio for family affairs
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán also posted a photo with the caption “Consultation about the new government.” Based on this, these people will form the next Hungarain government, according to Portfolio. The economic news site adds, however, that while Finance Minister Mihály Varga and Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó are not in the photo, both of them will probably continue to work in their current positions. They could have been absent from the meeting because of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s (EBRD)’s general assembly in Morocco.
The following five names were not part of the fourth Orbán government:
- Hungary’s former ambassador to London, János Csák – a Department for Humanities and Innovation will be created under his leadership
- Former Minister of Prime Minister’s Office János Lázár – his position is not yet clear, especially as István Nagy may remain minister, and Lázár’s name has been previously linked to the management of rural development
- Orbán’s economic advisor and former deputy governor of the Hungarian central bank Márton Nagy – he may have his own economic-type ministry
- former Justice Minister and European Commissioner Tibor Navracsics – he may lead a regional development type of ministry
- diplomat Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky (husband of government spokesperson Alexandra Szentkirályi) – He might replace Minister of Defense Tibor Benkő. He could also take over the area of sports, under the supervision of Ádám Schmidt, who is currently the Prime Minister’s chief advisor on sports.
According to Azonnali, the bill on the list of ministries will be published on Friday, only then will it be possible to see the final structure of the new government.
Featured image: Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and representatives of the Fidesz and KDNP parliamentary groups attend the inaugural session of the new Parliament in Budapest on May 2, 2022. Next to the Prime Minister, Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, on the right, Balázs Orbán, Parliamentary and Strategic State Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office, on the left, and Lajos Kósa, Fidesz MP, and Bertalan Havasi, Head of the Prime Minister’s Press Office, behind him (in the background). Photo by Vivien Cher Benko/MTI