||The creation of the National Ruling Council resulted from provisions of the Law. No. III/1945 passed by the Political Committee of the Provisional National Assembly (Az Ideiglenes Nemzetgyűlés Politikai Bizottsága) and Provisional National Government on 26 Jan 1945 (Official Gazette, No. 4, 10 Feb 1945, p. 1), providing for a three-man body including the President of the National Assembly (or deputy), President of the Provisional National Government (or deputy) and a person to be appointed by the Political Committee of the National Assembly. In addition to ex officiis members, Gerő Ernő was elected a member of the National Ruling Council at the meeting of the Political Committee 12 Mar 1945. The National Ruling Council was eventually constituted at its inaugural meeting in Budapest 17 Apr 1945 (Föglein 2001, 22).