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Changes In The Lines Of The Opposition Party LMP In Hungary – New Co-Chairman Elected

By Robert Velkey // 2016.07.19.

Changes going on at the LMP, opposition party in the Hungarian Parliament. The 5 percent reached party elected a new co-leader and assigned him a parliamentary mandate.

The opposition LMP party elected Ákos Hadházy for new positions at on its election of officials. His predecessor, party founder András Schiffer, announced his resignation from all party posts and his parliamentary mandate on May 31. Hadházy, the sole candidate for the post, was elected in a secret ballot by 85% of the delegates to LMP’s weekend congress, spokesman József Gál said.


The elected new co-leader Ákos Hadházy

Defining two priorities for his party, Hadházy said the government should be replaced in the 2018 elections and Hungary should be given a new direction to follow. The new co-leader characterised LMP as a “sustainable, electable, reliable and strong” force which will “cause a surprise” in the elections. He said that LMP would seek to come up with proposals for reforms and solutions rather than “demonise the particular issues, such as the European Union, migration, multinational corporations or corruption”.

Bernadett Szél, the other co-leader, said the congress had decided that the party would prepare for the forthcoming elections alone, without forming any alliance with another parliamentary party. However, LMP is prepared to cooperate with others on concrete issues, she said.