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HUNGARY

The President of the Republic, elected by the National Assembly every 5 years, has a largely ceremonial role but powers also include appointing the prime minister. The prime minister selects cabinet ministers and has the exclusive right to dismiss them. The unicameral, 386-member National Assembly is the highest organ of state authority and initiates and approves legislation sponsored by the prime minister. A 15-member Constitutional Court has power to challenge legislation on grounds of unconstitutionality.
CURRENT GOVERNMENT
President Madl, Ferenc
Prime Minister Medgyessy, Peter
Min. of Agriculture & Rural Development Nemeth, Imre
Min. for Children, Youth, & Sports Gyurcsany, Ferenc
Min. of Defense Juhasz, Ferenc
Min. of Economics & Transportation Csillag, Istvan
Min. of Education Magyar, Balint
Min. of Environmental Protection & Water Management Persanyi, Miklod
Min. of Finance Laszlo, Csaba
Min. of Foreign Affairs Kovacs, Laszlo
Min. of Health, Social, & Family Affairs Csehak, Judit
Min. of Information Technology & Telecommunications Kovacs, Kalman
Min. of the Interior Lamperth, Monika
Min. of Justice Barandy, Peter
Min. of Labor Affairs Burany, Sandor
Min. for National Cultural Heritage Hiller, Istvan
Min. in Charge of the Prime Minister's Office Kiss, Elemer
Min. Without Portfolio for EU Integration Juhasz, Endre
Min. Without Portfolio for Equal Opportunity Promotion Levai, Katalin
Speaker of Parliament Szili, Katalin
Pres., Hungarian National Bank Jarai, Zsigmond
Ambassador to the US Simonyi, Andras
Permanent Representative to the UN, New York Molnar, Laszlo