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May 17, 2018

New government, new faces: Gergely Gulyás

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán recently revealed the composition of his fourth government. While some ministers will continue to serve in their previous roles, we’ll be seeing some new faces as well. One is the minister heading the Prime Minister’s Office, Gergely Gulyás.

Gergely Gulyás became leader of the Fidesz parliamentary group in October, 2017 and has become an important part of Hungary's leadership in recent months.

Described as a "young new member" and an "exceptional legal expert", Gulyás has been nominated by the prime minister as minister of the Prime Minister’s Office.

Gulyás graduated as juris doctor from Pázmány Péter Catholic University in 2004. Three years later, he passed the bar exam and became a practicing lawyer and also began teaching at the Department of Constitutional Law of Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary.

He became an elected member of parliament through the territorial list for Vas County in 2010. He rose to prominence after supervising the preparatory committee of the new constitution, participating in the drafting of the Fundamental Law and serving as spokesman for the ruling parties’ fraction in the parliamentary debate.

Gulyás also served on numerous parliamentary committees, including the Committee of Homeland Security, the Committee on Human Rights, Minorities, Civil and Religious Issues, and the Sub-Committee Investigating Infringements Committed by the State in Connection with Political Freedoms between 2002-2010.

He worked for the prosecution of members of the judiciary who were responsible for the post-1956 retaliation. In 2014, he was nominated to the position of deputy speaker of the Parliament, responsible for legislation. Holding the position of deputy parliamentary group leader from 2010, he stepped forward to become the parliamentary group leader in October 2017.