Parties of the united opposition have called for the resignation of Antán Rogán, the minister in charge of the Prime Minister’s Cabinet Office. The opposition alliance believes Rogán’s ministry is involved in the Völner-Schadl case, evidenced by recently-emerged investigation documents; therefore, he should take responsibility and step down.
At a Thursday press conference, politicians of the united opposition said Rogán’s ministry is involved in “the highest level of corruption case in the political history of Hungary” since its democratic transition in 1989-90, “which started with the exposure of the bailiff mafia and the deputy justice minister, and who knows where it will end.”
As it has recently surfaced, Ádám Nagy, the minister’s direct subordinate, his chief of staff, supposedly passed his law exams at the University of Pécs without actually taking part in the exams. The opposition parties think he is criminally liable for this, saying: “he is a fraud, unworthy of any public office and his dismissal cannot be postponed.”
Representatives of DK, Jobbik, LMP, Momentum, MSZP, and Párbeszéd Party believe- based on the information recently surfaced in the media- there is no doubt that these shameful events could not have happened without the Minister’s knowledge. Furthermore, in their view, there is reason to believe that the pressure exerted on university professors also required the active involvement of Antal Rogán, and there is no question that “the Minister himself was an active participant and beneficiary of the operation of the bailiff mafia.”
“The corruption scandal that reached the highest levels of the Orbán administration has plunged Hungary into a serious moral crisis. If there is even the slightest spark of patriotism left in you, you will assess your political responsibility, face the consequences, and resign from your ministerial position today,” the opposition emphasized in the open letter, a printed copy of which was posted on the cordon outside the Prime Minister’s Cabinet Office during the news conference.
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