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The reaction of Momentum and Socislists' frontrunner Botka to Gyurcsány’s speech

Gergely Papp, Momentum spokesman told 24.hu that "Ferenc Gyurcsány is happy about the appearance of Momentum. However, Momentum is not happy about Gyurcsány.

The referendum organised in 2004 and the events of autumn 2006 demonstrated that the Left was headed for a crisis. Since 2010 the Right and the representation of the right-wing values are in crisis as well.
László Botka, the Socialist Party's candidate for prime minister in the 2018 elections told Index on Saturday that "I would not like to comment on the increasing conflicts among more and more small liberal parties." He added that he will present his new left-wing program in the next weeks. Despite the conflict between Botka and Gyurcsány, the MSZP will negotiate with the DK regarding a possible cooperation for election 2018 – said Sándor Burány, deputy faction leader of MSZP.
Péter Pető, former deputy editor-in-chief of Népszabadság, wrote an opinion piece in 24.hu with the title "Only one may remain: The war of Botka, Gyurcsány, and Momentum." It is a thought-provoking piece, although Pető goes overboard in assessing the political weight of Momentum. Pető is no admirer of Botka, whom he calls "a media partisan" who shirks from being tested in a political struggle with real opponents. "The mayor of Szeged is unwilling to go into battle with Gyurcsány, who was reelected as the chairman of the party with 98% of the votes.... Botka's game ... gives him an opportunity to show whether he has what makes Gyurcsány an important politician: the killer's instinct." Pető then gives a couple of scenarios of Botka succeeding in making a deal with LMP or the other two small parties, in which case he thinks that Gyurcsány will have to face a very serious challenge, which may end his political career. "But the problem is that Gyurcsány is at his best in precisely this type of situation," Pető concludes.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 March 2017 20:27

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