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HUNGARY: Parliamentary election perspective

Following the parliamentary elections, which will take place in Hungary on 8 April, several weeks will pass before the new government is formed. Many rumours have come to light about future changes in personnel, but these assumptions are all far from certain, the only valid scenario is known by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. At the same time, it can be said that figures carrying real political influence – regardless of title and position they will be granted – will remain prominent in the next governmental cycle, as well. It is more than interesting that Sándor Fazekas, Minister of Agriculture, will not run as a candidate representing his former constituency. Although, János Lázár heading the Prime Minister’s Office will compete in his constituency, he intends to focus on local issues rather than of national interest after the election.

Chronology of forming the government:

  • Elections will be held on 8 April
  • Final result of the national list is expected to come out on 1-4 May
  • The President will convene the inaugural parliamentary session on 7 or 8 May
  • New Members of Parliament will certify and collect their mandate
  • The Parliament votes on the prime minister on 12 or 14 May
  • The PM nominates the ministers (and state secretaries)
  • The nominated ministers participate in a committee hearing from 15 May to 5 June
  • The President appoints the ministers until 8 June (and state secretaries until 15 June)
  • The government is formed