Socialist leader Gyula Molnár and László Majtényi, the left-wing parties' candidate for president of the republic, have called the "democratic" parties' united support for the cause exemplary.
Majtényi, who will challenge incumbent president János Áder this spring, is backed by the Socialists, the Democratic Coalition, Együtt, LMP, Dialogue and the Liberals. Áder himself has been nominated for another five-year term by governing Fidesz-KDNP
This "historic alliance" is a first step for the opposition parties in setting aside controversies to promote the common goal, victory in the 2018 general election, Molnár told reporters in Győr. He added that the president should not be elected along party lines, and called Majtényi a candidate with whom the Socialists could work together for the fourth republic.
László Majtényi called cooperation among the promoters of constitutional democracy a major success. He expressed hope that he would obtain recommendations from 40 MPs, a fifth of all, which is a precondition for nomination. Majtényi said his programme will envisage creating a system in which independent organisations protect the rights of citizens, including their right to a free vote, efforts are made to clamp down on corruption and eliminate poverty, and support for sustainable development is a priority, he said.
The Együtt party supports the presidential candidacy of former ombudsman László Majtényi, party leader Péter Juhász said earlier this week after talks between the board and the candidate. It is of paramount importance to present a candidate who can truly play a role in the system of checks and balances, Juhász said in a joint press conference with Majtényi, adding that the two Együtt lawmakers in parliament are ready to vote for him. Majtényi, whose candidacy is also supported by the Socialists and the Democratic Coalition, said that the judiciary aspects of his programme are in complete accord with Együtt's approach.
They both envision a parliamentary democracy in Hungary in which the ruling party can be defeated by democratic means and citizens' rights are protected by independent authorities, with ruling and opposition parties getting the same publicity, he said. In "the fourth republic", priorities would involve fighting corruption and poverty and promoting sustainable development in order to protect future generations, Majtényi said.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 March 2017 20:56