Austrian ambassador summoned over 'outrageous' post by media head

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has summoned Austria's ambassador to Hungary over an "outrageous" social media post by a director at the country's state-owned media company ORF, the ministry's spokesman told state news wire MTI on Thursday.

Máte Paczolay said ORF director Karl Pachner had said in a Facebook post that if Prime Minister Viktor Orban were to have a heart attack, it would be "a great thing".

The Austrian ambassador has been summoned to the ministry early Friday to explain this "crass and shocking" remark, he added.

Zoltán Kovács, the government's international spokesman, said Pachner's remark should "disqualify him from his post".

"His immediate resignation and departure would be the morally appropriate minimum consequence," he added.

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