János Lázár

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János Lázár
Mayor of Hódmezővásárhely
In office
October 20, 2002 – September 6, 2012
Preceded by András Rapcsák
Succeeded by István Almási
Personal details
Born (1975-02-19) 19 February 1975 (age 39)
Hódmezővásárhely, Hungary
Political party Fidesz (conservative)
Alma mater József Attila University of Sciences
The native form of this personal name is Lázár János. This article uses the Western name order.

János Lázár (19 February 1975 – ) is a politician, former leader of the Fidesz parliamentary group and current Minister of Prime Minister's Office. He also served as Mayor of Hódmezővásárhely from 2002 to 2012.

Career[edit]

He started his career as a law apprentice at city council of Hódmezővásárhely at 1995. Personal secretary at the Hungarian Parliament at 1999. Became both a Parliament representative and mayor of Hódmezővásárhely at 2002[1]

He became leader of the Fidesz parliamentary group after the 2010 elections, following Tibor Navracsics in this position.

Lázár was appointed Minister of Prime Minister's Office on 2 June 2012, as a result he resigned from the office of mayor of Hódmezővásárhely. He was replaced by Antal Rogán as head of the Fidesz parliamentary group on that day. Lázár was elected one of the four vice-presidents of Fidesz in September 2013, replacing Mihály Varga.[2]

Controversy[edit]

On November 18, 2010 János Lázár criticized strongly the former President of the Constitutional Court of Hungary, László Sólyom in an interview published in Népszabadság[3]

In March 2011 In the recording posted on the internet, Lázár as mayor of Hódmezővásárhely could be heard telling the city council in 2008 that “those people who have nothing are worth just that”. Addressing a press conference, Lázár said, “I would like to apologise to Hungary for my ambiguous and misunderstood statement. I would like to apologise to all who feel hurt by that.”

He said that his remark had not referred to the poor but to those who, instead of succeeding in their profession, embarked on a political career merely with the purpose of making a livelihood and for financial gains. Lázár also said the remarks posted on the internet were parts of a longer speech that were taken out of their original context. The three opposition parties slammed the senior Fidesz official for his remarks.[4]

On 12th May 2014, a Hungarian news website "origo" published an article about his travels on the Hungarian government's budget, which led Lázár to pay back 2 million forints to the state budget. On June 2, the lead editor of the website was fired, allegedly under pressure from Lázár. Lázár said he was not involved in this decission.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biography of János Lázár". Prime Minister's Office. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  2. ^ "Fidesz-kongresszus - Varga Mihály lemondott az alelnökségről". Inforadio.hu. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  3. ^ "János Lázár interviewed: The Constitution is the problem". Népszabadság. Retrieved 2010-11-18. 
  4. ^ "Fidesz parliamentary leader apologises for “poverty remarks”". Politics.hu. Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  5. ^ "Fellibben a fátyol Lázár János titkos küldetéseiről". origo.hu. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
András Rapcsák
Mayor of Hódmezővásárhely
2002–2012
Succeeded by
István Almási
Preceded by
Mihály Varga
Minister of Prime Minister's Office
2012–
Succeeded by
Incumbent
National Assembly of Hungary
Preceded by
Tibor Navracsics
Leader of the Fidesz parliamentary group
2010–2012
Succeeded by
Antal Rogán