After Jobbik announced its decision to also join the idea of the pre-elections, the Mayor of Hódmezővásárhely congratulated them on social media. Péter Márki-Zay, who became a symbol of opposition alliance after his victory in a city previously considered a Fidesz stronghold, believes the next election could even bring the opposition a two-thirds victory.
“Following Párbeszéd and the Socialists, Jobbik has also joined to organize 106 pre-elections, which is a huge step forward in order for the opposition to succeed. If voters are able to decide in all 106 electoral districts who is the most suitable joint candidate to defeat Fidesz in 2022, then the opposition will have a two-thirds, regime-changing majority in the new parliament,” Márky-Zay said on social media.
According to the mayor, through open debates and the candidates’ campaigns, the pre-election helps the opposition “become politically more active.” It also “filters out unacceptable and unlikely candidates who do not know their constituency, do not work in the campaign.”
On behalf of his movement, Everyone’s Hungary, Márky-Zay congratulated Jobbik on their decision. They are continuing to work to convince every opposition party to join the pre-election and to put together a joint opposition program, he said. According to the mayor, the latter will guarantee that “with the elimination of the corruption after 2010, the corruption before then will not return.”
Márki-Zay believes the opposition would have the best chance of defeating Fidesz if it set up a joint list and a joint prime ministerial candidate.
The opposition has long been considering to run together to win the 2022 general elections despite the ideological differences between some parties. The local elections in 2019 seriously boosted this idea, as the opposition managed to take several important towns and cities, such as Budapest, out of Fidesz’s hand.
They achieved this by only running one opposition candidate against the Fidesz candidate in most constituencies. However, in addition to the clear benefits, there may be several setbacks to such an expansive alliance. For example, some leftists and liberals would still have problems voting for former far-right Jobbik, and for some centrist and rightist voters, voting for a list with former PM Ferenc Gyurcsány on it would seem impossible. This is why it is still unclear whether the 2022 general election will bring about a truly joint opposition.
Featured photo via Péter Márki-Zay’s Facebook page