Prime Minister of Hungary
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|Appointer||President of Hungary|
|Term length||Four years|
|Inaugural holder||Lajos Batthyány|
|Formation||17 March 1848|
|Website||The Prime Minister's Office|
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The Prime Minister of Hungary (Hungarian: miniszterelnök, literally translated "Minister-President") is the head of government of Hungary, and the most powerful person in Hungarian politics. He or she is the leader of a political coalition in the National Assembly of Hungary and the leader of the cabinet. The current Prime Minister is Viktor Orbán, who has served since 29 May 2010.
Official title 
The title of Hungary's head of government in Hungarian is miniszterelnök. Literally translated, this means "Minister-President". However, since "Prime minister" or "premier" is the more usual title in a parliamentary system for a head of government in English-speaking nations, the head of the Hungarian government is usually referred to by English speakers as the "Prime Minister of Hungary".
Election and appointment of the Prime Minister 
The Prime Minister is officially appointed by the President of Hungary. According to the Hungarian Constitution, the President shall appoint the leader of the political party with the majority of the votes in the Parliament as Prime Minister. If there is no party with a majority, the leader of the largest party is asked to attempt to form a government. Therefore, the election of members of a certain party to parliament is the equivalent to a vote for that party's leader for Prime Minister.
History of the office 
Palatine of Hungary 
The palatine (Latin: comes palatii, comes palatinus, later palatinus (regni), Hungarian: nádorispán/ nádor, Slovak: nádvorný župan/ nádvorný špán, later: palatín / nádvorník, German: Palatin) was the highest dignitary in the Kingdom of Hungary after the king (a kind of powerful Prime Minister and supreme judge) from the kingdom's rise up to 1848/1918.
Initially, he was in fact the representative of the king, later the vice-regent (viceroy). In the early centuries of the kingdom, he was appointed by the king, later elected by the Diet of the Kingdom of Hungary. After the Habsburgs solidified their hold of Hungary, the dignity became an appointed position once again. Finally, it became hereditary in a cadet (junior) branch of the Habsburg dynasty after King Francis appointed his brother Joseph.
Creation of the position 
During the Hungarian Revolution of 1848 the revolutionaries wanted the creation of a Hungarian cabinet which would be independent from the Austrian Empire and the Buda Chancellery (which was office of the Imperial Governor-General). One of the 12 points said: 2. A responsible government in Buda-Pest.
Ferdinand V appointed Count Lajos Batthyány for the position of Prime Minister of Hungary on 17 March 1848. The government was called ministry, differently from the current acceptation. The ministries were called departments. Batthyány resigned on October 2, 1848 he was succeeded by Lajos Kossuth as President of the Committee of National Defence. This executive body has not been allocated the portfolios. In April 1849, when the Hungarians had won many successes, after sounding the army, Kossuth issued the celebrated Hungarian Declaration of Independence. In May Bertalan Szemere was appointed Prime Minister. The position was vacant after the defeat of the freedom fight.
List of officeholders 
Living former Prime Ministers 
|Name||Term||Date of birth|
|György Lázár||1975–1987||15 September 1924|
|Miklós Németh||1988–1990||24 January 1948|
|Péter Boross||1993–1994||27 August 1928|
|Gyula Horn||1994–1998||5 July 1932|
|Péter Medgyessy||2002–2004||19 October 1942|
|Ferenc Gyurcsány||2004–2009||4 June 1961|
|Gordon Bajnai||2009–2010||5 March 1968|
See also