Members of MSZP (Hungarian Socialist Party) are happy with the assertive message of László Botka, who said Gyurcsány is a liar and called on him to withdraw from political life. However, there is also apprehension among some members who believe that it would be very difficult to win in individual constituencies and form a new government without the Democratic Coalition (DK). After the events of this past Saturday, it is most likely that MSZP and Gyurcsány's party will campaign separately in 2018.
February 18th will long be remembered in the history of left-wing co-operation in Hungary. Two events took place on that Saturday, which will fundamentally influence the preparations of the left-wing parties for the 2018 parliamentary elections. In the morning, the Democratic Coalition issued a statement that 98% of the party's members voted for Ferenc Gyurcsány to remain party leader. "The term is for two years, which also means that the Democratic Coalition will run in the 2018 elections under the leadership of Ferenc Gyurcsány" – read the statement from the party. While in the afternoon, László Botka, the semi-official prime ministerial candidate of MSZP openly issued an ultimatum to Ferenc Gyurcsány, stating forthrightly that he believes that the only way for the Left to defeat Victor Orbán is for Gyurcsány to leave politics.
These two events have two consequences: László Botka will definitely not be the prime ministerial candidate of the entire Left. Botka is now not acceptable to Gyurcsány and by extension to the Democratic Coalition. There can only be a unified Left and, more specifically a unified MSZP-DK candidate list in 2018 if either László Botka or Ferenc Gyurcsány suffers a loss before then and leaves politics. Both of them can never be on the same list of candidates.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 February 2017 06:26