State secretary for culture Géza Szőcs has resigned on Wednesday. The 59 years old politician was responsible for culure in the Ministry of Human Resources since the beginning of the second Orbán government.
Earlier this year Szőcs opposed the plans to transform Kossuth Square back to its pre-1944 state and said that this was not a good enough reason to relocate the statue of poet Attila József. Following a decision by government parties at the end of May to return the square to its original state, most statues in front of parliament would be relocated.
Szőcs’s resignation may relate to the changes in the Ministry: Miklós Réthely has been replaced by Zoltán Balog as minister.
Géza Szöcs was born in Marosvásárhely in 1953. He is a writer, editor, recipient of many literary awards and an activist on behalf of the Hungarian minority. Because of political reasons, he emigrated to Switzerland in 1986. In 1990 he returned to Translyvania, was elected Senator and also served as the General-Secretary of the Hungarian Democratic Alliance of Romania (RMDSZ).