Ferenc Falus Reported to be Opposition Mayor Candidate
Ferenc Falus could be the centrist-left opposition party alliance’s mayor candidate of Budapest for the upcoming local government election, reported online news outlet index.hu. The site writes that with Democratic Coalition (Demokratikus Koalíció, DK) and Együtt-PM (Together 2014, Dialogue for Hungary) both giving up some ground during the negotiations, the parties finally managed to come to an agreement with the Hungarian Socialist Party (Magyar Szocialista Párt, MSZP).
Együtt-PM, DK and MSZP once again sat down on Monday to negotiate a common mayor candidate for Budapest, and after a four hour meeting Viktor Szigetvári, co-chariman of Együtt-PM, announced the agreement. The parties managed to divide up the 9 districts, were according to previous elections and polls, leftist candidates have a chance to win. MSZP, DK and Együtt got 4-4-1 of these districts respectively. According to Index, instead of DK chairman Ferenc Gyurcsány’s close friend, Lajos Balázsovits, the candidate will be a figure close to Együtt-PM’s Gordon Bajnai, namely Ferenc Falus.
Ferenc Falus, former Chief Medical Officer of Hungary, was once a member of the socialist party (MSZP), later became a great advocate of former Prime Minister Bajnai Gordon and his Patriotism and Progress Public Policy Foundation (Haza és Haladás Közpolitikai Alapítvány). Együtt-PM intended to nominate him as the mayor candidate of Budapest district II.