According to former PM Péter Medgyessy, those who want changes will force the opposition parties to cooperate, the question is if there will be such a politician who can unify these forces. The former PM said on Tuesday evening on the Hungarian television channel ATV that he definitely would not undertake any leadership, but – without mentioning any names – he said that there were people who he would think were suited to do that.
Medgyessy said he didn’t want to take an active political role anymore, although he did not exclude supporting a political force.
The former PM stressed that instead of focusing on symbolical conflicts or last Saturday’s pro-government demonstration, he would rather deal with the real problems of ordinary people, like for example what kind of future can we offer them.
He emphasized: by today, the Hungarian political elite has recognized the importance of a balanced economy, so the real dispute with the European Commission is about a sustainable solution for the problems of the country. Medgyessy urged big structural reforms and allowing the banks to finance the development, while the investors’ confidence should be won back.
To achieve this, there is a need for a brand new economic policy, however, that cannot be achieved with the current Minister of National Economy. Matolcsy is a theorist who has good ideas, but God forbid the country which implements them – Medgyessy said. Orbán has to exercise self-criticism and say, „I meant well, but I was wrong”. The former PM’s perception is that people would welcome the dismissal of Matolcsy.
Péter Medgyessy was the fifth prime minister of the Republic of Hungary from May 27, 2002 until September 29, 2004. On August 25, 2004 he resigned over disputes with the coalition partner Alliance of Free Democrats, but remained caretaker Prime Minister for a 30-day period as required by the Constitution. His successor was Ferenc Gyurcsány.
Last Updated on Thursday, 26 January 2012 06:47