The leftist Democratic Coalition (DK) has called on Hungary’s opposition parties and civil organisations to find joint mayoral candidates for the upcoming municipal elections in as many localities as possible by midsummer.
“The EP elections of late May have put an end to political standstill, producing results that suggest that ruling Fidesz can be defeated not only in Budapest but in other cities, too,” parliamentary spokesman Zsolt Gréczy told a press conference.
The Democratic Coalition is pleased to see that in several localities the opposition parties have agreed on fielding joint candidates for both mayors and local councillors, he said.
The election of opposition mayors in Budapest, its districts and the major cities would not automatically bring about the fall of Viktor Orbán’s government but it would change Hungary’s political map and public mood, Gréczy said.
The spokesman firmly denied rumours about his party’s potential merger with the Socialists under DK’s Klára Dobrev and the Socialist Bertalan Tóth as co-leaders.