Bernadett Szél announced on her Facebook page that she was quitting the opposition LMP party and also resigning from the party’s parliamentary group. The former co-leader of the green party did not state the proximate reason for her decision.
“I have to change because the policies I wish to represent can only be fully carried out if we part ways with mutual respect,” she said, adding that she would continue her “fight for Hungary’s renewal”, saying she still believed “the future is green”.
In response, LMP said it regretted Szél’s decision and thanked her for her efforts on behalf of the party.
In August, Szél said she would resign as group and co-leader of the party after LMP’s ethics committee barred her from holding any positions within the party for three years. It did not order her to resign as co-leader, however.
LMP’s ethics committee handed down its decision after the party’s leadership held talks with other opposition parties on cooperating in the April general election and withdrew multiple of LMP’s individual candidates in their favour despite the party’s congresses having passed several resolutions prohibiting this.
Another LMP party group member, Szabolcs Szabó, on Facebook also announced his resignation. He was not an LMP member and made it to parliament on behalf of the now defunct Együtt party.