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Hungary’s Orban to Reorganize Cabinet in 2 Weeks, Origo Says

April 17, 2012

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban will reorganize his government within two weeks and replace two Cabinet ministers, news website Origo said, citing several unidentified people from the ruling Fidesz party.

Tamas Fellegi, the minister without portfolio in charge of bailout negotiations with the International Monetary Fund and the European Union, will be replaced by Mihaly Varga, Orban’s chief of staff, from the end of April, according to Origo.

Zoltan Balog, the state secretary at the Justice Ministry, will be promoted to minister in charge of education, culture and national resources, succeeding Miklos Rethelyi, the news portal said. Economy Minister Gyorgy Matolcsy will retain his post.

The timing of the changes hinge on the start of bailout talks and the government expects “progress” in the stalled negotiations next week, according to Origo.

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