Domestic Politics

Hungarian Socialists, Radical Nationalists Rule Out Election Cooperation With Each Other Vice Versa

Joining forces with the radical nationalist Jobbik party against the ruling parties is an “ill-advised” idea and would be a “dead end for the country and for the voters”, the leader of the Socialist Party said.

Speaking on public Kossuth Radio, Gyula Molnár (pictured left) reacted to a recent suggestion by former Socialist Prime Minister Péter Medgyessy, and said he was “not happy” with the idea and that his party was not mulling any such cooperation. He insisted that “(ruling) Fidesz and Jobbik seek the same but one is louder”. Jobbik, headed by Gábor Vona (pictured right), also issued a brief statement on Monday and said they were not ready to form an alliance with any left-wing party. Medgyessy, head of a Socialist-Liberal government from 2002 to 2004, suggested earlier that the Socialists, leftist Democratic Coalition and Jobbik should cooperate to oust the ruling Fidesz-Christian Democrat alliance.

Meanwhile the radical nationalist Jobbik also said it asked for a report by Chief Public Prosecutor Péter Polt on the total value of assets confiscated from politicians, public personalities and managers of state companies who had mismanaged or stolen public funds. Citing press reports, lawmaker Gábor Staudt told a press conference that in Romania 133 billion forints (EUR 430m) worth of assets had been confiscated from corrupt “political criminals”. Hungary’s judiciary has achieved much less in this respect, he said, adding that he expects Polt to present a detailed report on the results of anti-corruption investigations.

via hungarymatters.hu and MTI