Sándor Fazekas

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Sándor Fazekas
Fazekas Sandor Portrait.jpg
Minister of Rural Development of Hungary
In office
29 May 2010 – 6 June 2014
Preceded by József Gráf
(Agriculture and Rural Development)
Succeeded by himself
(Agriculture)
Personal details
Born (1963-05-03) 3 May 1963 (age 51)
Coa Hungary Town Karcag.svg Karcag, Hungary
Political party Fidesz
Profession jurist, politician
The native form of this personal name is Fazekas Sándor. This article uses the Western name order.

Sándor Fazekas (born 3 May 1963) is a Hungarian jurist and politician. He has been Minister of Rural Development since 2010 in the cabinet of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. He served as mayor of his hometown, Karcag between 1990 and 2010.

Early life and education[edit]

He attended elementary school in Kenderes and secondary school in Kisújszállás. He graduated cum laude as a lawyer from the Faculty of Law of the University of Szeged. After graduation he worked as a legal adviser for SZIM Karcag Machice Factory joint-stock company.[1]

Political career[edit]

He served as mayor of Karcag between 1990 and 2010. He was a member of the General Assembly of Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok County between 1994 and 1998 and since 2002 as a faction leader of the Fidesz.[2] He was working as an Member of Parliament and a deputy parliamentary group leader of the Fidesz between 1998 and 2002. He was a vice-president of local government section of the party. He also functioned as a representative of the local government of Karcag, working in an individual costituency. He was elected MP from the party's Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok County Regional List in the 2006 parliamentary election. He was a member of the Committee on Budget, Finance and Audit Office. He was elected MP from Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok County Regional List again in the 2010 parliamentary election.[2]

Minister of Rural Development[edit]

During his ministerial term, a new land law was developed and passed on 21 June 2013. Pro-government MPs passed a controversial new land law amid raucous protests in Parliament and the resignation of József Ángyán, a high-profile lawmaker from the governing party. The protesting MPs, led by Jobbik head Gábor Vona, were ordered by Deputy Speaker of Parliament János Latorcai to vacate the lectern, but they refused, leading to a delay in the session and the exclusion of the protesters from the vote.

As the votes were being counted, Jobbik lawmakers shouted slogans including "Traitors" and "No, no, never," the latter a traditional protest chant against the post-World War I Treaty of Trianon.[3] By contrast, Antal Rogán, leader of the Fidesz parliamentary group, called the new legislation a "historic step in ensuring protection for Hungarian land and the interests of Hungarian farmers."[4]

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Political offices
Preceded by
József Gráf
Minister of Rural Development
2010–2014
Succeeded by
himself
as Minister of Agriculture
Preceded by
himself
as Minister of Rural Development
Minister of Agriculture
2014–
Succeeded by
Incumbent