Who is Béla Bugár?

Béla Bugár is currently one of the most experienced parliamentarians in the Slovak parliament. He was born in 1958 in Bratislava and graduated from the Slovak University of Technology.

Béla BugárBéla Bugár (Source: TASR)

He entered politics immediately after the fall of communism. In 1990-1991 he was one of the top members of the Hungarian Christian Democratic Movement, which he then chaired in 1991-1998. He was also elected chairman of the Party of Hungarian Coalition (SMK) which was formed in 1998 to represent Hungarian minority in Slovakia.

Bugár was a member of the Czechoslovak federal parliament in 1990 and since 1992 he served as the national parliament deputy. In 1998 he was first elected deputy parliament’s speaker for the four-year term. Bugár was also elected MP in 2002 and in 2006.

In 2009, following a schism in the SMK, Bugár left the party along with four other MPs and founded Most-Híd. Bugár has been the chairman of the new party ever since. In 2010-2012 the party was one of the four coalition partners in the centre-right coalition under Iveta Radičová and Bugár again served as deputy parliament’s speaker. In 2012 early elections he was re-elected MP, as well as in 2016.

Source: SITA

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