Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány announced his six new ministers today, all of them new to “big government” politics, writes FigyelőNet.
As expected, the new health minister is National Health Fund (OEP) head Tamás Székely.
The leader of a new ministry, the combined ministry of development and economic policy, is Gordon Bajnai, who has filled the post of minister for local government and regional development until now. The official name of the new ministry is Ministry of National Development and Economy (Nemzeti Fejlesztési és Gazdasági Minisztérium).
Károly Molnár, a rector of the Budapest Technical University, fills the new post of minister without portfolio in charge of research and development.
The leader of another new ministry called Ministry of Transport, Telecommunications and Energy (Közlekedési, Hírközlési és Energiaügyi Minisztérium) is Pál Szabó, CEO of Hungarian postal service Magyar Posta.
Erika Szűcs, Socialist mayor of Szolnok, is the new minister of labor.
Independent MP István Gyenesei fills the post of minister for local governments.
Finally, the new leader of the ministry of environment and water is Imre Szabó, Socialist chairman of Pest County.
The new ministers are expected to take the oath of office next week.
In addition to the Liberal politicians leaving the government, former Socialist minister of labor Mónika Lamperth is also leaving her post to participate in the operative management of the party.