Orbán reveals new gov't structure, cabinet positions

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Prime Minister Viktor Orbán presented the choices for his new cabinet to the parliamentary group of the Fidesz-KDNP alliance on Tuesday, the PM's press chief said, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

The PM showed MPs the government's structure, introduced ministers, and outlined their tasks, Bertalan Havasi said.

Orbán's cabinet picks were announced on Friday.

He has asked Zsolt Semjén to serve as deputy prime minister again and oversee the portfolio for national policy, national minority policy, church policy, and church diplomacy.

Others Orbán has asked to return to his cabinet include Agriculture Minister István Nagy, Interior Minister Sándor Pintér, Justice Minister Judit Varga, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó, Prime Minister's Cabinet Office chief Antal Rogán, Prime Minister's Office head Gergely Gulyás and Finance Minister Mihály Varga. László Palkovics has been tapped to return to head a revamped Technology and Industry Ministry.

The new members he has asked to join the cabinet are Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky, who would head the Defence Ministry; János Csák, who would helm a new Cultural and Innovation Ministry; Márton Nagy, who would be in charge of economic development; and Tibor Navracsics, who would oversee regional development and use of European Union funding. János Lázár, who headed the Prime Minister's Office in Orbán's third government (2014-2018), has been asked to head a new Construction and Investment Ministry.

A law enumerating eleven ministries in the government was approved by MPs with a vote of 124 for and 39 against later on Tuesday.

The law lists the Agriculture Ministry, the Interior Ministry, the Construction and Investment Ministry, the Defence Ministry, the Justice Ministry, the Culture and Innovation Ministry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Prime Minister's Cabinet Office, the Prime Minister's Office, the Finance Ministry, and the Technology and Industry Ministry. 

The legislation spins off the Construction and Investment Ministry from the Prime Minister's Office.

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