Intelligence Online writes about personnel changes in Hungarian government, which comments: fake news
May 09. 2023. – 12:28 PM
According to Intelligence Online, a website specialising in intelligence news, Hungary's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade may soon be split into two. Péter Szijjártó, who heads the ministry, would be in charge of trade and foreign trade, while Viktor Orbán's current political director, Balázs Orbán, would be in charge of diplomacy.
Update at 1.25 pm:
After our article ways published, the Government Information Centre responded with the following statement:
"The news being spread by part of the press is false, it is fake news!"
We previously reported:
Intelligence Online highlights that Balázs Orbán has recently gained increasing influence in Hungarian foreign policy circles. It was revealed last month that Balázs Orbán will oversee the Hungarian Institute for Foreign Affairs, which supports the prime minister's strategic foreign policy decision-making.
The website also notes that the Information Office, which is responsible for foreign intelligence, was removed from the supervision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade last May, after the formation of Orbán's fifth government, and transferred to the Prime Minister's Office headed by Antal Rogán, along with the other services.
Intelligence Online also reports on another expected big change in the Hungarian government in the future. Sándor Pintér, the 74-year-old Minister of Interior, is reportedly retiring, which would mean an even bigger scope of influence for Antal Rogán.
The portal claims that it would appear that Antal Rogán and Balázs Orbán will be at the centre of strategic decision-making in the future, and that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán expects a degree of rivalry between them, which will prevent either of them from gaining too much influence within the prime minister's narrow inner circle.
We have sent questions about Intelligence Online's allegations to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Interior Ministry, Balázs Orbán and Bertalan Havasi, the Prime Minister's Press Chief. As of the publication of our article, we haven't received a reaction from either of them. As soon as we do, we will update our article.
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