Parliament accepts budget, amends constitution

Hungary’s parliament passed into law the government’s budget for 2023 in a final vote on Tuesday. The budget was passed with 135 votes in favour and 54 votes against. It calculates with a GDP growth of 4.1%, a deficit target of 3.5% of GDP and a 5.2% inflation rate. Targeted central revenues total 31,074 billion forints (EUR 77.3bn) as against expenditure of 33,426 billion, with … Continue reading Parliament accepts budget, amends constitution

Here are the first measures of the new government

Hungary needs a feisty, responsible government that unites the country while showing the necessary strength, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in Parliament on Tuesday. Speaking ahead of the oath-taking ceremony of his fifth government, Orban said the new cabinet’s tasks are outlined by “dangers and especially the war”. The government will have to preserve and strengthen the physical, material and cultural security of Hungary and … Continue reading Here are the first measures of the new government

President Novak takes office

Katalin Novak on Tuesday took over the presidency of the republic from Janos Ader. Ader greeted Novak at the entrance of Sandor Palace in the Castle District and showed her round the presidential offices and residency before making an appearance with her on the presidential building’s balcony. Parliament elected Novak president on March 10, and she will be the sixth president since the 1989/90 change … Continue reading President Novak takes office

Lawmakers take oaths at start of new parliamentary cycle

Hungary’s lawmakers took their oaths on Monday at the start of the new parliamentary cycle. The ruling Fidesz-Christian Democrat alliance has 135 seats in the 199-seat parliament, the Democratic Coalition has 15 seats, while Jobbik, Momentum and the Socialists have 10 each. The radical Mi Hazank (Our Homeland) party, which passed the parliamentary threshold for the first time in 2022, garnered six mandates, as did … Continue reading Lawmakers take oaths at start of new parliamentary cycle

Orban to form new government

President Janos Ader has asked Viktor Orban, the incumbent prime minister and leader of the election-winning Fidesz party, to set up Hungary’s next government. Orban was nominated for the post by the Fidesz-Christian Democrat party alliance. Ader confirmed that Orban had accepted his request and added he would make a formal proposal to parliament on Monday. Ader said the recent election was “the first of … Continue reading Orban to form new government

New parliament to meet on May 2

President Janos Ader has convened the inaugural session of Hungary’s new parliament for May 2, the president’s office said. Under Hungary’s constitution, the inaugural session of the new parliament must be held no later than 30 days after the parliamentary elections. The session will be opened by the president who will put forward a nomination for the country’s next prime minister, to be elected with … Continue reading New parliament to meet on May 2