Ministers in new Orbán gov't sworn in


Ministers in the new government of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán were sworn in in parliament on Tuesday, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

Zsolt Semjén will serve as deputy prime minister again and oversee the portfolio for national policy, national minority policy, church policy, and church diplomacy in the new government. 

Other ministers returning to the 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 is returning to head a revamped Technology and Industry Ministry. 

The new members of the cabinet are Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky, who is heading the Defense Ministry; János Csák, who will helm a new Cultural and Innovation Ministry; Márton Nagy, who will be in charge of economic development; and Tibor Navracsics, who will oversee regional development and use of European Union funding. János Lázár, who headed the Prime Minister's Office in Orbán's third government, will head the new Construction and Investment Ministry.

MPs earlier approved legislation enumerating eleven ministries in the government: the Agriculture Ministry, the Interior Ministry, the Construction and Investment Ministry, the Defense 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.

Earlier Tuesday, MPs cleared amendments to legislation outlining the ministers' tasks and scope of power.

The Fidesz-KDNP alliance won 135 mandates in Hungary's 199-seat parliament in general elections on April 3.

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