Hungary's Orban names Navracsics deputy PM

Hungary's next prime minister Orban named Navracsics deputy prime minister and head of the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice.

Hungary's Orban names Navracsics deputy PM

Hungary's next prime minister Viktor Orban named two technocrats to join his inner circle on Thursday, in a move that an analyst said signalled he wanted an inclusive, moderate administration after his landslide victory.

He picked Tibor Navracsics as his deputy to oversee the entire public administration system, an area which the new government will need to overhaul to make it more efficient and less costly to keep Hungary's budget on a sustainable path.

Economist Mihaly Varga will be head of the new prime minister's office as state secretary.

Orban, whose centre-right Fidesz party won more than two thirds of the seats in parliament at elections this month, has to work quickly to convince investors and Hungarians alike that his government is ready to boost growth, cut debt and reform creaking state institutions.

"I expect from the new government such work that is more holistic, more efficient and quicker," Orban told a news conference. "That necessitates that government work be co-ordinated differently than it has been."

Navracsics, leader of Fidesz's parliamentary group, will coordinate the daily work of the new government as well as run a new Public Administration and Justice Ministry.

"Our goal is to re-create the confidence which is one of the vital elements of any state," Navracsics said. "But this also requires that the state itself be worthy of confidence and respect. We need an efficient, small and disciplined state."

Varga, a former finance minister, who is now heading a fact-finding committee on the state of the budget, will serve in a political role, Orban said, adding that the remaining members of government would be announced on May 3.

Gyorgy Szapary, a former central bank deputy governor, was named to work at the Prime Minister's Office as an adviser, in charge of negotiations with international financial institutions, including Hungary's lenders, the IMF and the EU.

Orban said the government would have to consider whether to sit down for talks with the IMF -- with which Hungary has a financing deal running until October -- before the next scheduled review at the end of summer.

"Orban chose two technocrats into his closest team, they are moderate politicians," political analyst Zoltan Kiszelly said.

"This is a message abroad that a technocrat type governance can be expected, and domestically, these two politicians are not divisive ... and could be acceptable to moderate voters as well."

Reuters

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