Defence Minister stands down


Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has accepted the resignation of Defence Minister Csaba Hende. István Simicskó has been asked to manage the defence portfolio. No reason for the resignation has been given but it appears to have been linked to the current refugee crisis which is affecting Hungary.

The government website reported the news as follows:

“Minister of Defence Csaba Hende resigns

September 7, 2015 7:05 PM

Minister of Defence Csaba Hende has resigned, the Government Information Centre informed Hungarian news agency MTI.

According to the information provided, the Government’s national defence cabinet was in session on Monday and reviewed the status of the illegal immigrant situation, within the framework of which they listened to a report concerning progress on the construction of the temporary border security fence along Hungary’s southern border with Serbia.

Following the meeting, Minister of Defence Csaba Hende handed in his resignation to the Prime Minister, which Viktor Orbán duly accepted. The head of the government has asked István Simicskó to take over the duties of Minister of Defence.”

István Simicskó (53) is a lawyer who has been an MP with the Christian Democrats (KDNP) since 2006 (prior to that he was with Fidesz). He has served as state secretary overseeing civilian national security services and state secretary at the defence ministry (2010 – 2012). In 2014 he was appointed state secretary for sports at the human resources ministry.

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