Gyurcsány cautions DK supporters not to gloat over Socialists’ misfortunes

The Democratic Coalition needs partners to replace Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, DK leader Ferenc Gyurcsány has said, cautioning his supporters not to gloat over turmoil in DK's left-wing rival, the Socialist Party, and urging the "democratic opposition parties" to agree on tactics for fielding candidates in Hungary's 106 individual constituencies.

Referring to the recent resignation of László Botka as the Socialist Party's candidate for prime minister, Gyurcsány insisted that all votes on the left wing counted, and DK could not assume Socialist voters would switch to DK in the 2018 general election.

"I am optimistic about the elections despite the developments of the past two days," the former prime minister told a public forum in Bonyhád, in southern Hungary, late on Tuesday. Gyurcsány said his party expects to get 10-15% support at the 2018 elections. In every past election, DK scored better pollsters predicted, he added.

He insisted there was greater demand for change than for the status quo. If the opposition picks the right candidate with the best chances, Fidesz will lose 60- 70 constituencies and find itself in minority, Gyurcsány said. Parties on the left should work together when it comes to putting up individual candidates but maintain separate party lists and identities, as this would attract more voters, he said. One thing the diverse opposition parties have in common is that "they want a more normal European republic", Gyurcsány added.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 October 2017 11:14