According to the sources of Hungarian pro-government weekly Figyelo, the structure of the fourth Orban government is almost final. There are notable departures and several new faces.
The following ministers stay in their office: Antal Rogan (cabinet), Mihaly Varga (national economy), Peter Szijjarto (foreign affairs and trade), Sandor Pinter (interior) and Laszlo Trocsanyi (justice).
Figyelo’s sources say that a young politician, current Fidesz group leader Gergely Gulyas replaces Janos Lazar – who already announced that he will “focus on his constituency” – as the minister heading the PM’s office. Gulyas’s seat will be taken by Mate Kocsis, the outgoing mayor of Budapest’s 8th district.
The successor of Minister of Defence Istvan Simicsko will be General Tibor Benko, Chief of Defence.
State Secretary for Higher Education Laszlo Palkovics becomes Minister of Higher Education and Innovation.
One of the government commissioners, Andrea Bartfai-Mager becomes minister of development after Miklos Sesztak. Based on current leaks, she will be the only female minister, though there are rumours that State Secretary for Families Katalin Novak would be rewarded by an own ministry, especially because Prime Minister Viktor Orban promised a government which focuses on demography.
Minister of Agriculture Sandor Fazekas – who already announced that he won’t be part of the new government – will be replaced by MP Istvan Nagy.
As Origo reported earlier, Minister of Human Capacities Zoltan Balog will be replaced by chief oncologist Miklos Kasler.
According to Hir TV, Orban is to announce the new government by the end of the week.