Botka's statements raised serious opposition within the Democratic Coalition. Many encouraged Gyurcsány to respond aggressively to his former party mate.
In the end, however, the former prime minister issued a subdued and diplomatic response to Botka on Facebook. "The voters will decide who has a place in public life in a democratic Hungary. As a voter, I believe that Botka has a place. In fact, I wish him much luck" wrote Gyurcsány on his Facebook page.
This suggests that Gyurcsány does not want to and will not get into an open war with Botka. Gyurcsány's message also indicates that the Democratic Coalition will definitely contest the elections ("the voters will decide"). If they are unable to reach an agreement with MSZP, then on a separate party list and with a separate candidate in every constituency, said a senior official with the party. For Gyurcsány, getting elected to parliament and having a small party caucus will be tantamount to a victory in 2018. On the other hand, the MSZP leadership would be embarrassed if the party performs more poorly than in 2014. Consequently, many in the Democratic Coalition are predicting that in the end co-operation with their party will be more important to MSZP.
Polite reminder from the editor: László Botka has been an MSZP politician for 23 years. With the exception of the 1998-2002 period, he was a member of parliament between 1994 and 2010. He has been mayor of Szeged since 2002. Therefore, one must take with a grain of salt that Botka bears no responsibility whatsoever for "the missteps committed by the left-liberal governments, especially between 2002 and 2010."
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 February 2017 06:25