President János Áder formally appointed the ministers of Prime Minister Viktor Orban's third government on Friday. Later, Parliament held a session at which Prime Minister Orbán addressed the new cabinet before their oath-taking ceremony.
The goal of the cabinet formed on Friday is to operate a people's government, he stated, which is based on the classic idea of Abraham Lincoln: "Of the people, by the people, for the people." Hungary's government must lead a unified and strong nation forwards along the path that it embarked upon four years ago, he emphasised.
The Prime Minister pointed out the importance of an elite, but not elitist government. In order to build a just and competitive Hungary, there is a need for "a government of outstanding skills and prestigious experts," but this outstanding capability, high qualification and recognised expertise does not in itself constitute right to lead the country, he underlined.
The government must always and in every situation serve the "three-thirds", he stated, adding that victory in itself is nothing; it is a task, and the greater the power granted by the voters, the greater the task and the responsibility. He also emphasised that the entire country must be served with humility.
Talking about the future, Prime Minister Orbán stated that the next four years will not be a period of conceptualisation but one of action. The conceptual structure is now in place on firm constitutional foundations.
The Prime Minister said the members of the government would have a tougher job than in their previous term, since the bar had been raised even higher. He pointed out that the new ministers would have to be tough and resilient and withstand the weight and responsibility of their duties with both humility and persistence.
Following the Prime Minister’s speech, the ministers of the third Orbán-government took their oaths of office and with this the new cabinet has been formed.
(Prime Minister’s Office)