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Orbán risks the free elections

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán would like to abolish state subsidies for parties in 2013 and 2014, in light of the dire state of the budget. Orbán raised the idea at a Fidesz national council meeting last Thursday, confirmed prime ministerial spokesman Péter Szijjártó. Removing state subsidies would crucially affect party budgets as it represents 80-90% of their revenues. Fidesz was paid more than Ft 1 billion in state subsidies last year.
Ferenc Gyurcsány’s made the following announcement:

“The prime minister has to make a decision. He either wants a democratic public life with a transparent party subsidiary scheme, or he wants make black party financing official, which has been one of the worst practices since the transition. The second option would erase what is left of the republic.
The prime minister knows well that party members and supporters cannot maintain political parties. It would be good if they could, but it does not work that way.
If Fidesz think they can run themselves without state subsidies, they are admitting that they have built a massive economic background with oligarchs having close ties with the Orbán administration. Fidesz want to transform these kinds of economical advantages into political ones. It would be the death of the free election.
Just to make it clear: Democratic Coalition does not get a single penny from the state. We are not worried for our money. We advise to Viktor Orbán the drop this cynical and dangerous proposal. His governance has caused plenty of harm. It is enough!”

The plan outlined by Hungary’s premier to withdraw public funds for political parties in 2013-2014 due to a squeezed budget would both be costly and increase the risk of corruption, Transparency International (TI) said last Friday. TI called for the whole of the financing system for political parties to be overhauled. The watchdog said Hungary’s party and campaign financing had to the present day been in a state of disarray and opaque in terms of which party used which source of financing and for what purpose. For this reason, it was impossible to tell to what extent decisions made by party representatives in operational and campaign areas served the wishes of the voter and to what extent they served his own private interests. Without transparency and accountability, the scope for graft is serious, and therefore complex remedial measures are required, TI said in a statement. It added that TI kept in mind the statement signed by the parties on April 4 on the basic principles of party and campaign financing, as well as the commitment to passing a new law covering the topic.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11



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