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Gyurcsány: Hungary opposition either joins forces or dies

Hungary's left-of-centre democratic parties have the choice of either uniting and forming a Democratic Party or "political death", former Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany, leader of the leftist Democratic Coalition (DK), has said.

The current election system forces a situation whereby the democratic parties must unite or face extinction, the one-time prime minister told Wednesday's Nepszabadsag daily.

"The optimal ultimate goal is clear: establishing a uniform Democratic Party. But in view of the stumbling preparatory negotiations for the municipal elections and the alarmingly low degree of willingness to compromise, I think we are still very far from this," he said.

If the election system stays the same, the left-of-centre parties will have to join forces for the 2018 general election, too, Gyurcsany said. As intermediate solutions, he mentioned a party union, a joint board, or looser forms of cooperation, such as permanent inter-party consultations as possible options.

"Make alliances, resist, develop programmes and primarily take care of one another — this is the task," he said.

Gyurcsany has made a mistake when he opened up power struggles between opposition parties again, the co-chairman of the opposition E14-PM alliance said.
Viktor Szigetvari said on his Twitter page that the article published in Wednesday's Nepszabadsag by Gyurcsany on the renewal of a democratic opposition had been "a big disappointment". Gyurcsany is no longer in a position to speak about the renewal of the whole of the opposition, he said. He is preoccupied with formal questions instead of content, he added.
Szigetvari later spoke to commercial atv.hu and added that "Viktor Orban must be ousted in 2018, but this should be done with new politics". E14-PM will offer an alternative both to Orban and Gyurcsany during the current cycle, he said.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 21:19

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