Dénes Berinkey

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Dénes Berinkey
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2nd Prime Minister of the Hungarian Democratic Republic
In office
11 January – 21 March 1919
Preceded by Mihály Károlyi
Succeeded by Sándor Garbai
Personal details
Born (1871-10-17)17 October 1871
Csúz, Kingdom of Hungary, Austria-Hungary (now Dubnik, Slovakia)
Died 25 June 1944(1944-06-25) (aged 72)
Budapest, Hungary
Nationality Hungarian

Dénes Berinkey (17 October 1871 – 25 June 1944) was a Hungarian jurist and politician who served as prime minister in the regime of Mihály Károlyi for two months in 1919.

On 20 March 1919 the French presented the Vix Note ordering Hungarian troops further back into Hungary; it was widely assumed that the military lines would be the new frontiers. Berinkey was unwilling to accept the Note, as it would have endangered the country's territorial integrity. However, he was in no position to reject it either. As a result, Berinkey and his cabinet resigned. President Károlyi then announced only the Social Democrats could form a new government. Unknown to Károlyi, however, the Social Democrats had merged with the Communists. Thus, when Károlyi turned over power to what he thought was a Social Democratic government, he was actually swearing in a Communist one. The new government promptly proclaimed the Hungarian Soviet Republic.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Barna Buza
Minister of Justice
Succeeded by
Sándor Juhász Nagy
Preceded by
Mihály Károlyi
Prime Minister of Hungary
Succeeded by
Sándor Garbai
Minister of Foreign Affairs

Succeeded by
Ferenc Harrer