|Minister of Defence of Hungary|
29 May 2010
|Preceded by||Imre Szekeres|
5 February 1960 |
|Political party||Hungarian Democratic Forum, Fidesz|
Hende was born in Szombathely in 1960. In 1983 he graduated in law at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, then practiced as a lawyer in his hometown of Szombathely. Beginning in 1988, he belonged to the Hungarian Democratic Forum (MDF). In 1991 he joined the government as parliamentary secretary of state of the Defence Ministry. During the rule of socialist-liberal cabinet (1994-1998) he returned to practice law in Szombathely. In the first government of Viktor Orbán he served as Secretary of State in the Ministry of Justice. At the beginning of the 21st century, he held high functions in the MDF party (including Vice-President), but in 2004 he joined Fidesz. In 2006 and 2010 he was re-elected to the National Assembly on behalf of Fidesz in Vas county. Hende was appointed Minister of Defence in 2010.
His first measure as minister was the replacement of the Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces general (OF-9) László Tömböl and more high-rank military officers. The Hungarian Socialist Party criticized the decision as incomprehensible. Hende justified his step with the fact that many tax evasions and maladministration happened in the army under the previous government. He said that he would restore the honour and prestige of the Magyar Honvédség.
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