Politics of Hungary

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Politics of Hungary takes place in a framework of a parliamentary representative democratic republic. The Prime Minister is the head of government of a pluriform multi-party system, while the President is the head of state and holds a largely ceremonial position.


Executive power is exercised by the government. Legislative power is vested in both the government and the parliament. The party system since the last elections is dominated by the conservative Fidesz. The two larger oppositions are Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) and Jobbik; there are also opposition parties with no formal faction but representation in parliament (e. g. Politics Can Be Different) The Judiciary is independent of the executive and the legislature.

Hungary is an independent, democratic and constitutional state, which has been a member of the European Union since 2004. Since 1989 Hungary has been a parliamentary republic. Legislative power is exercised by the unicameral National Assembly that consists of 199 members. Members of the National Assembly are elected for four years.

The Economist Intelligence Unit rated Hungary a "flawed democracy" in 2020. [1]

Executive branch

Main office holders
President János Áder Fidesz 10 May 2012
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán Fidesz 29 May 2010

The President of the Republic, elected by the National Assembly every five years, has a largely ceremonial role, but he is nominally the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces and his powers include the nomination of the Prime Minister who is to be elected by a majority of the votes of the members of Parliament, based on the recommendation made by the president of the Republic. If the president dies, resigns or is otherwise unable to carry out his duties, the Speaker of the National Assembly becomes acting president.

Due to the Hungarian Constitution, based on the post-World War II Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany, the prime minister has a leading role in the executive branch as he selects Cabinet ministers and has the exclusive right to dismiss them (similarly to the competences of the German federal chancellor). Each cabinet nominee appears before one or more parliamentary committees in consultative open hearings, survive a vote by the Parliament and must be formally approved by the president.

In Communist Hungary, the executive branch of the People's Republic of Hungary was represented by the Council of Ministers.

Legislative branch

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Parliament of Hungary.

The unicameral, 199-member National Assembly (Országgyűlés) is the highest organ of state authority and initiates and approves legislation sponsored by the prime minister. Its members are elected for a four-year term. The election threshold is 5%, but it only applies to the multi-seat constituencies and the compensation seats, not the single-seat constituencies.

Political parties and elections

Hungarian National Assembly 2018.svg
PartyParty listsFPTPTotal
Fidesz–KDNP 2,824,55149.27422,636,20147.89911330
Jobbik – Movement for a Better Hungary 1,092,80619.06251,276,84023.20126+3
Hungarian Socialist PartyDialogue for Hungary 682,70111.9112622,45811.31820–10
Politics Can Be Different 404,4297.067312,7315.6818+3
Democratic Coalition 308,1615.386348,1766.3339+5
Momentum Movement 175,2293.06075,0331.3600New
Hungarian Two Tailed Dog Party 99,4141.73039,7630.7200New
Together 37,5620.66058,5911.0611–2
National Self-Government of Germans in Hungary 26,4770.4611+1
Hungarian Workers' Party 15,6400.27013,6130.25000
Family Party10,6410.1909,8390.18000
Hungarian Justice and Life Party 8,7120.1506,8970.13000
Party for a Fit and Healthy Hungary7,3090.1305,5230.10000
National Self-Government of Gypsies5,7030.10000
Tenni Akarás Mozgalom5,3120.0901,1770.0200New
Gypsy Party of Hungary4,1090.0703,7000.07000
Common Ground3,8940.0703,3190.0600New
For Hungary's Poor People3,0480.0503,2830.0600New
We need Cooperation Party2,7220.0502,6590.0500New
National Self-Government of Croats1,7430.03000
Order Party1,7080.0301,4160.03000
Unity Party 1,4070.0203,1670.06000
Medete Party1,2920.0202,1660.0400New
National Self-Government of Slovaks1,2450.0200New
National Self-Government of Russians5390.0100New
National Authority of Roma in Hungary4280.01000
National Self-Government of Serbs2960.01000
National Self-Government of Ukrainians2700.00000
National Self-Government of Poles2100.00000
National Self-Government of Slovenes1990.00000
National Authority of Hungarian Churches1590.00000
National Self-Government of Armenians1590.00000
National Self-Government of Bulgarians1040.00000
The Motherland Party 1,9800.04000
Democratic Party1,6790.0300New
Independent Smallholders' Party 1,5800.03000
Go Hungary!1,1200.0200New
Értünk Értetek1,0330.0200New
Nation and Peace7670.0100New
Modern Hungary Movement 6170.0100New
Democratic Party for Hungary4980.0100New
JÓ ÚT MPP2260.0000New
Everyone's Homeland1800.0000New
Hungarian Democratic Union1490.0000New
Opre Roma1140.0000New
National Greens530.0000New
Oxygen Party370.0000New
Civil Movement 350.0000New
EU Alternative150.0000New
Valid votes5,732,28398.97
Invalid/blank votes59,5851.03
Registered voters/turnout8,312,17370.22
Source: National Election Office

Judicial branches

Constitutional Court of Hungary. Constitutional Court of Hungary.JPG
Constitutional Court of Hungary.

A fifteen-member Constitutional Court has power to challenge legislation on grounds of unconstitutionality. This body was last filled in July 2010. Members are elected for a term of twelve years.

The president of the Supreme Court of Hungary and the Hungarian civil and penal legal system he leads is fully independent of the Executive Branch.

The Attorney General or Chief Prosecutor of Hungary is currently fully independent of the Executive Branch, but his status is actively debated

Several ombudsman offices exist in Hungary to protect civil, minority, educational and ecological rights in non-judicial matters. They have held the authority to issue legally binding decisions since late 2003.

Financial branch

The central bank, the Hungarian National Bank was fully self-governing between 1990 and 2004, but new legislation gave certain appointment rights to the Executive Branch in November 2004 which is disputed before the Constitutional Court.

Administrative divisions

Hungary is divided in 19 counties (megyék, singular – megye), 23 urban counties* (megyei jogú városok, singular – megyei jogú város), and 1 capital city** (főváros); Bács-Kiskun, Baranya, Békés, Békéscsaba*, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén, Budapest**, Csongrád, Debrecen*, Dunaújváros*, Eger*, Érd*, Fejér, Győr*, Győr-Moson-Sopron, Hajdú-Bihar, Heves, Hódmezővásárhely*, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok, Kaposvár*, Kecskemét*, Komárom-Esztergom, Miskolc*, Nagykanizsa*, Nógrád, Nyíregyháza*, Pécs*, Pest, Salgótarján*, Somogy, Sopron*, Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg, Szeged*, Szekszárd*, Székesfehérvár*, Szolnok*, Szombathely*, Tatabánya*, Tolna, Vas, Veszprém, Veszprém*, Zala, Zalaegerszeg*

Involvement in International Organisations

Hungary is a member of the ABEDA, Australia Group, BIS, CE, CEI, CERN, CEPI EAPC, EBRD, ECE, EU (member, as by 1 May 2004), FAO, G-9, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICRM, IDA, IEA, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ISO, ITU, ITUC, NAM (guest), NATO, NEA, NSG, OAS (observer), OECD, OPCW, OSCE, PCA, PFP, SECI, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNFICYP, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNIKOM, UNMIBH, UNMIK, UNOMIG, UNU, UPU, WCO, WEU (associate), WFTU, Visegrád group, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO, and the Zangger Committee.


Note: with restructuring and reorganization, this information may change even within a governmental period.

Ministries of Hungary [2]
English nameHungarian nameMinister
The Prime Minister's OfficeMiniszterelnökség Gergely Gulyás
The Prime Minister's Cabinet OfficeA Miniszterelnöki Kabinetiroda Antal Rogán
Ministry of Home AffairsBelügyminisztérium Sándor Pintér
Ministry of Defence Honvédelmi Minisztérium Tibor Benkő
Ministry of Human ResourcesEmberi Erőforrások Minisztériuma Miklós Kásler
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and TradeKülgazdasági és Külügyminisztérium Péter Szijjártó
Ministry of JusticeIgazságügyi Minisztérium Judit Varga
Ministry of FinancePénzügyminisztérium Mihály Varga
Ministry of agricultureAgrárminisztérium István Nagy
Ministry of Innovation and TechnologyInnovációs és Technológiai Minisztérium László Palkovics

Ministers without portfolio


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    1. "Democracy Index 2020". Economist Intelligence Unit. Retrieved 8 April 2021.
    2. Website of the Prime Minister's Office. Retrieved 31 January 2010.