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No restructuring of government is due before elections

Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány categorically denied that the government would be restructured before the elections in spring when asked by journalists. Gyurcsány was responding to a report made earlier by business daily Világgazdaság. At the end of October, unnamed government officials told Világgazdaság that reducing the number of ministries before then would be a good sign of the government's willingness to reduce the deficit, and that proposals had been made to merge the IT and Telecommunications Ministry with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Transport, and the Ministry of Education with the Ministry of Culture, as well as scrap the positions of ministers without portfolios. After the Világgazdaság published the article, government spokesman András Batiz said combining or eliminating ministries was not on the agenda. But he made no comment on whether restructuring would be put on the agenda at a later time.