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Opposition Socialists name Dialogue co-leader Karácsony as likely PM candidate at congress

The Socialist Party's vision for the Hungarian fourth republic will be at the heart of its campaign leading up to the spring 2018 general election, Gyula Molnár, the opposition party's leader said.

The fourth republic is a term used by opposition forces that call for a new republic of Hungary based on the values of social justice, equality and self-determination, as well as the promotion of the rule of law and checks and balances.
Speaking at an event in Budapest to present the party's programme, Molnár said the Socialists were ready to form alliances with forces that want change and put change as the top priority in their manifestos. He welcomed cooperation with the Párbeszéd (Dialogue) party. He said the party insists on fielding joint candidates in individual constituencies, on drawing up a common national list and putting forward a joint candidate for prime minister. Molnár told the party's national assembly that they would discuss how schools could be made into an area of free thinking, how to plough more money into health care, as well as how to ensure a free press, prosecution service and local councils independent of the central government.
Reacting to Molnár's call for broad cooperation, Gergely Karácsony, co-leader of the Párbeszéd party, said: "Decide what role I should have in this cooperation; if you need me, I will come ... and bring with me everything I know." Karácsony said he agreed with the idea of a joint manifesto which made "investing in people" its core aim. Karácsony said the reason why voters did not put their trust in left-wing parties was because left-wing parties did not put their trust in each other. "If we want to make Hungarian citizens believe that Hungary can be unified, then we must have a joint platform and joint candidates, a joint list and a joint candidate for prime minister.

Hungary's opposition parties are in a state of "complete chaos", Karácsony told daily Népszava on Thursday. The majority of Hungarians wants to topple the ruling parties, and the opposition parties are incapable of "fulfilling this wish", Karácsony said. "This clearly shows we are doing something wrong," he said.
Karácsony said it made sense for the largest leftist party and politicians whom the polls show to be most popular to run in coalition. He said he hoped for cooperation with the Democratic Coalition and Együtt parties, despite their rejection of an alliance. "I hope they reconsider their stances," he said. Radical nationalist Jobbik has no place in this cooperation, he said, adding, however, that a bid must be made to Jobbik voters, he added.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 December 2017 12:05

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