Opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) MEP Klára Dobrev on Monday introduced members of its shadow cabinet, declaring that the shadow cabinet was there to ensure that DK was ready to govern.
Dobrev told a press conference that Hungary could emerge from its “crisis” only if Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s “irresponsible” government were dislodged.
She said shadow cabinet members were “respected experts” in their respective fields.
Deputy party leader Csaba Molnar will take up post of shadow chancellery minister and shadow deputy prime minister responsible for EU affairs and public administration reform.
Zoltán Bodnár, a former deputy governor of the National Bank of Hungary, will be shadow finance minister, the only non-elected official, Dobrev said, noting Bodnar’s expertise in budgetary, fiscal and monetary policy.
MEP Sándor Rónai, the shadow foreign minister, is tasked with restoring Hungary’s image abroad and reviving Visegrad Group cooperation.
The post of shadow interior minister has been assigned to Géza Musto, deputy mayor of Budapest’s 10th district, while Ferenc Dávid will be shadow economy minister. Among other shadow cabinet posts, Ágnes Vadai, former defence minister, will take up the shadow defence job.
Asked why Ferenc Gyurcsány, the former Socialist prime minister, has not been tapped for a shadow cabinet position, DK’s spokeswoman Olga Kálmán said the DK leader had already made it clear that he would focus on leading the party and its parliamentary group, and would not accept a government position.