House Speaker Marks Centenary of PM István Tisza’s Death
House Speaker László Kövér on Wednesday laid a wreath at the Budapest villa where István Tisza, Hungary’s prime minister during World War I, was assassinated in 1918.
Tisza served two terms as prime minister in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. In his second term, he tried to prevent the country’s entry into the first world war but was overruled by the monarch, Francis Joseph.
At the commemoration, Köver said that “calumny and dirt was heaped on Tisza” in the past decades, but it is time that “he was honoured and realistically appreciated”. “We finally have to rehabilitate our past and recast the past 1,100 years, especially the history of the 20th century, so we can clearly see today’s challenges,” he said.