Parliament voted overwhelmingly, 136-23, for László Windisch as the new president of the State Audit Office (ÁSZ) on Monday. 11 MP votes were considered invalid.
A parliamentary committee had nominated the deputy head of the Central Statistical Office (KSH) for the post at the recommendation of ruling party Fidesz-KDNP. Windisch took the oath of office immediately following the vote by secret ballot.
László Windisch will serve a 12-year term at the head of ÁSZ. The body’s current president, László Domokos, was elected by Parliament in 2010, with July 4 as the last day of his 12-year mandate.
Dialogue: No discussion was held on Windisch’s candidacy
Dialogue was the first opposition party to react to the appointment:
Dialogue does not accept the process that has become routine, by which the Fidesz parliamentary two-thirds appoints Fidesz cadres to the head of state organizations without any real discussion. Therefore, Dialogue does not support the appointment of the new president of the State Audit Office, which works through politically-motivated orders from the Fidesz two-thirds, and regularly punishes the opposition with severe and unjustified fines.