"Europe or Orban?" - DK launches election campaign

Former PM Ferenc Gyurcsány, head of the Democratic Coalition (DK), urged participants in his party's campaign opener over the weekend to "choose Europe over Orbán" in next year's election.

In his address, Gyurcsány pledged a "more peaceful, tranquil, European and bourgeois country" in return for voter support. He said some of Hungary's politicians were"trapped in the past but DK focuses on the future in which successful people are appreciated and the poorest are aided. Gyurcsány pointed to splits within the opposition and warned that if they do their job badly in the next seven months, Fidesz could again win a two-thirds majority but said that successful efforts by the opposition could reduce support for the ruling parties to below one third.

He said that the current electoral system is neither free nor fair but suggested that an opposition victory was still possible. He also warned that boycotting the election would equate to capitulating before Fidesz. DK is open to cooperation with the "democratic" parties without any preconditions, Gyurcsány said. He suggested that small parties that are not likely to clear the parliamentary threshold of 5% of the votes could have joint national lists, while the leftist parties should only field one candidate in each of the 106 constituencies.

MTI

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 September 2017 19:49