|Mayor of Hódmezővásárhely|
October 20, 2002 – September 6, 2012
|Preceded by||András Rapcsák|
|Succeeded by||István Almási|
19 February 1975 |
|Political party||Fidesz (conservative)|
|Alma mater||József Attila University of Sciences|
János Lázár (19 February 1975 – ) is the Minister of State for the Prime Minister's Office and a member of the Hungarian National Assemby. He is also (since 2002) the mayor of his home town of Hódmezővásárhely, being re-elected in 2006 and 2010. He is a member of Fidesz.
In March 2011 In the recording posted on the internet, Lázár as mayor of Hódmezővásárhely could be heard telling the city council in 2008 that “those people who have nothing are worth just that”. Addressing a press conference, Lázár said, “I would like to apologise to Hungary for my ambiguous and misunderstood statement. I would like to apologise to all who feel hurt by that.”
He said that his remark had not referred to the poor but to those who, instead of succeeding in their profession, embarked on a political career merely with the purpose of making a livelihood and for financial gains. Lázár also said the remarks posted on the internet were parts of a longer speech that were taken out of their original context. The three opposition parties slammed the senior Fidesz official for his remarks.
Lázár was appointed Minister of Prime Minister's Office on 2 June 2012, as a result he resigned from the office of mayor of Hódmezővásárhely. He was replaced by Antal Rogán as head of the Fidesz parliamentary group on that day.
- "János Lázár interviewed: The Constitution is the problem". Népszabadság. Retrieved 2010-11-18.
- "Fidesz parliamentary leader apologises for “poverty remarks”". Politics.hu. Retrieved 2011-10-05.
- hvg.hu, 4 May 2007, Interview with Janos Lazar
|Mayor of Hódmezővásárhely
|Minister of Prime Minister's Office
|National Assembly of Hungary|
|Leader of the Fidesz parliamentary group
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