Peter Marki-Zay won the primary elections and will be the joint candidate of the Hungarian opposition as prime minister next spring. He announced that after his eventual victory he would imprison those who “stole from state funds” and that he would want to withdraw the provisions with which the current prime minister cemented his authority. Who is Viktor Orban’s rival?
49-year-old Peter Marki-Zay is an economist, marketer and engineer by profession. He is a practicing Catholic, father of seven. He became known on the Hungarian political scene in 2018, when he unexpectedly won the election as a candidate of all opposition formations in the city of Hodmezoevasarhely in the south of the country, which was ruled by Fidesz led by Viktor Orban for decades. He is the founder of the social organization Movement of Common Hungary (MMM). Marki-Zay was once a supporter of Fidesz, but claims that he does not fit in with the politics pursued by this party since 2010.
Klara Dobrev defeated
Peter Marki-Zay defeated the leftist Klara Dobrev in the primary elections. He will be the opposition’s joint candidate for prime minister in the elections to be held next spring.
The opposition candidate presents himself as acceptable to both left-wing and conservative voters. He claims that his conservative, family-oriented personality will guarantee him victory in next year’s elections. A worldview consistent with Orban may make it difficult for Fidesz to slander Marki-Zay in the election campaign.
– In the next elections, we will decide whether we will be free, whether Hungary will remain a European country or whether it will drown, it will turn to the East and become a corrupt dictatorship – emphasized the candidate.
He wants the euro currency and a referendum to amend the constitution
Marki-Zay announced that when he comes to power, he will imprison those who “committed theft with state funds.” He pledged to organize a referendum to amend Orban’s constitutional provisions.
The opposition candidate also wants to restore more power to local governments and eliminate the provisions with which Orban cemented his power. Marki-Zay is also in favor of adopting the euro currency.
The first ever alliance of the opposition before the parliamentary elections
This year, the six largest opposition parties – the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP), Jobbik, the environmental party Polityka May Be Different, the liberal Momentum, the Democratic Coalition (KD) and the liberal-ecological Dialogue – decided to form an alliance for the first time before the parliamentary elections in spring. 2022.
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