Gyurcsány's Great Success

Now that the Constitutional Court has abolished the "subscription" scheme aimed at restricting voting rights – what else must it have been aimed at? –, it turned out that (at least temporarily) even Fidesz found it better to retreat: Fidesz MP Antal Rogán has recently announced that the mandatory voter registration scheme will not be introduced. This is a great success for all voters with a commitment to democracy and for all democratic parties and for all Democrats in general, whether they be Right-leaning, Liberal or Left-leaning: they indeed managed to warn Orbán and his circle of supporters that now everybody sees the preparations for rigging the next elections; in other words, that the emperor is without clothes. That is why they do not dare to amend the constitution once again.

That is an immense success for all Democrats, and in particular, for the Democratic Coalition. This party, which has been unjustly and wickedly deprived of the possibility of forming its own caucus in the Parliament, protested against the autocratic modifications of the electoral law with great enthusiasm and with a very strong determination until its abolition. Of course, the statements and communications made by a small party without a parliamentary caucus are not presented so strongly in the media than those of a bigger party and one less hated by Fidesz, that is why DK politicians must fight for much more press and media coverage, and they must also organize (jointly with their sympathizers) political actions nationwide, in the capital city, and in the countryside in order to communicate their messages to the nation. In fact, former PM Ferenc Gyurcsány and the DK did just that.

From the personal point of view of Mr Gyurcsány, this is a favorable outcome: citizens in many parts of the country still identify him – and maybe even the Democratic Coalition – with the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) (though MSZP just like LMP ['Politics Can Be Different' party] did not put much energy into protesting against the new electoral law, especially considering their significance in the country's political life).

One of the most substantial moves was the formation of a human chain around the Hungarian Houses of Parliament (organized by the Democratic Coalition /DK/).