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Liberal Party Not to Run in European Parliamentary Election

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.04.05.

The Hungarian Liberal Party has decided not to run in the upcoming European Parliament election “partly due to the lack of broad cooperation between opposition parties”, the party said in a statement on Friday.

Despite the Liberals’ call for such cooperation, the opposition parties have “put their own interests before those of the country”, the statement said. “A high price may be paid”.

The “smaller democratic parties” may not clear the 5 percent threshold to win seats in the EP, and up to 20 percent of “pro-EU” votes could be lost, the statement said.

According to polling surveys, support for the Liberals would be below the 5 percent threshold. Their statement says

We don’t want those votes to get lost and go towards bolstering [ruling] Fidesz”

A joint opposition list for the EP election “would have sent a clear message that Hungary rejects illiberal politics and wants to stay within the European community… lacking such cooperation, a big Fidesz win is expected,” the statement said.

On the featured photo: Gábor Fodor, the president of the Liberal Party. Photo by Balázs Mohai/MTI