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“Change and Justice in 2018” - Former PM Gyurcsány

Ferenc Gyurcsány, the leader of the Democratic Coalition (DK), vowed to make corrupt government members accountable for their actions at an election rally in Salgótarján, in northern Hungary.

The former prime minister said crime had become a key constituent of "the Orbán regime". He called for prosecutors and the judiciary to be made independent and for stolen public assets to be recovered from "the leaders of the mafia state and their servants". Further, farmland lease contracts signed with oligarchs must be terminated and at least partial compensation must be paid to the thousands of people disadvantaged by the Orbán government over the past seven years, he said.
He vowed to bring Hungary together so that the nation would be a source of hope for all Hungarians. Gyurcsány said his party wanted to see freedom and diversity in public education, and called for the central school manager (KLIK) to be scrapped and municipal control over schools restored. He said DK would also restore the school-leaving age to 18. He also called for pension adjustments to be reintroduced and the establishment of a pension cap for wealthy pensioners. Disability pensions should be reviewed and a home-care service for seniors brought about.
At the "Change and Justice in 2018" on Saturday, Gyurcsány said the "democratic opposition" must make it clear that Hungary's interest lies in transatlantic cooperation in political and military terms and that the country is an ally of the EU, not of Russia. Gyurcsány blamed Hungary's government for its failure to understand Russia's ambitions and take steps to counter them. He accused the government of nurturing excessively intensive and close relations with Russia, citing as an example the agreement on the upgrade of the Paks nuclear plant for which he said Hungary should have selected a partner from among its allies.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 November 2017 16:44

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