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Bajnai to appoint Oszkó finmin

  Péter Oszkó, head of the Hungarian office of accounting firm Deloitte, is expected to take the post of finance minister in the government the daily Népszabadság said on Friday. Further details of Bajnai cabinet released.

Economy Minister Gordon Bajnai is expected to become prime minister in a parliamentary vote and name the members of his government on Tuesday. Bajnai will replace Ferenc Gyurcsány who stepped down last month to make way for a cabinet with broader backing to steer Hungary out of crisis.

Bajnai has gained political backing from the ruling Socialists and the opposition SzDSz for spending cuts which will cut social expenditure and incomes.

Népszabadság, citing unnamed sources, said Bajnai had offered the finance minister’s job to Oszkó, who accepted it. Government officials and Oszkó were not immediately available for comment. Oszkó, a lawyer, headed Deloitte’s tax consultancy operations before taking over leadership of the Hungarian office in 2007 from András Simor, who left to become governor of the Hungarian central bank.

Tamás Vahl, chief executive of Budapest-based navigation device maker Nav N Go, will take Bajnai’s former position at the economy ministry the daily said.

Péter Balázs, former EU commissioner is the likely recipient of the post of foreign minister in the new government cabinet to be established by Gordon Bajnai, while energy affairs minister Csaba Molnár is set to occupy the post of chancellery minister.

The website of television station ATV said the new lineup is to feature a reputable politician as foreign minister, a post which has grown particularly important considering Hungary’s reliance on a major bailout loan from the International Monetary Fund and the EU.

At the same time, Molnár is to function as Bajnai’s second in command, while his political substitute is to be Péter Kiss, who eventually accepted the post of minister without portfolio in charge of social policies. (MTI-Econews, ATV)