Opposition Should Choose Most Unifying PM Candidate

  • 9 Jan 2018 7:56 AM
Opposition Should Choose Most Unifying PM Candidate
Párbeszéd co-leader Gergely Karácsony said he was ready to yield his post as a joint opposition candidate for prime minister to any politician capable of brokering a larger cooperation among opposition parties than himself for the spring general election.

Karácsony, who is the PM candidate for the Socialist Party and Párbeszéd, and mayor of Budapest’s 14th district, was guest speaker at a round-table discussion on Sunday evening in Budapest.

Karácsony said he was ready to step back in favour of Bernadett Szél, green LMP’s coleader and PM candidate, if this would prompt that party to join an opposition cooperation or to “cheer on” anyone whom the leftist Democratic Coalition party (DK) would agree to support as a joint PM candidate on a joint list.

He said radical nationalist Jobbik leader Gábor Vona could not be considered Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s real challenger, “and not only because it is hard to know what he thinks of the world.”

Vona’s election to government would “legitimise unprincipled turnabouts in Hungarian politics”, he said.

Politics is a service which, if done well, is rewarded by re-election and not by “an opportunity to steal half the country,” Karácsony said.

The government should work for a better education system, shorter hospital waiting lists and higher wages, he said.

The opposition stands a chance in the spring election if they can convince people that the word “politics” does not stand for warfare and stealing, said Karácsony.

Republished with permission of Hungary Matters, MTI’s daily newsletter.

MTI photo: Balogh Zoltán

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