Slovakia – Following the resignation of Eduard Heger’s government on May 7, 46-year-old economist and banker Ľudovít Ódor, the deputy governor of the National Bank of Slovakia, was appointed prime minister by President Zuzana Čaputová to lead an interim “government of experts” until the early parliamentary elections in September. The full government was appointed on Monday, May 15.
In addition to the prime minister, who was reported in the Hungarian press to be from the Magyar minority in the country’s south, the new interim cabinet is made up of ministers who, with rare exceptions, have no political background, but who are recognized experts in their fields.
As President Čaputová recalled in her address to the new government, “What characterizes this government is that it is composed of people from different disciplines, with different life experiences, different opinions, and different attitudes. The government’s composition reflects the diversity and variety of our society as a whole.”
The Hungarian pro-government website Origo.hu has revealed that Ľudovít Ódor is also a visiting professor at George Soros’ Central European University (CEU).