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LMP Congress Elects New Co-leader Kanász-Nagy, Re-elects Schmuck

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.08.31.

A congress of opposition LMP elected Erzsébet Schmuck and Máté Kanász-Nagy co-leaders of the party on Sunday, for a two-year term.

Péter Ungár was elected secretary of the party’s national board, for two years.

In the next two years, LMP will work to topple the incumbent government and build cooperation with other opposition parties to set up a new government, with a programme including green values and efforts to fight climate change, Schmuck said. LMP will work to field joint opposition candidates against ruling party nominees in the 2022 election, she said.

Kanász-Nagy said he would work to reinforce the welfare system. Before the election, he promised a more dynamic, youthful leadership and more energetic communication. In his view, he could give new momentum to the party and to the opposition cooperation as a whole. As to the latter, he said he welcomed the opposition’s compromise, which as he sees it, would soon undergo a blocking process in which LMP’s allies would be those parties not involved in the governance before 2010 (Jobbik, Momentum, and Párbeszéd).

Ungár called for long-term strategies and suggested that “fighting between parties on either side of the ditch” should be stopped and “wounds received at the political regime change (of 1989)” forgotten.

Featured photo via photo: Máté Kanász-Nagy’s Facebook page