The campaign period for the October local government elections has started officially on Saturday as opposition parties prepare to tackle the dominance of governing party Fidesz. Leftist parties Együtt-PM, DK and MSZP, centrist party LMP and far-right party Jobbik all held campaign opening press events.
Socialist party MSZP stated that Budapest needs to elect a leftist-liberal city management come October, if they want to reverse the current course of “falling apart and deteriorating” city services. Csaba Horváth, head of socialists in Budapest, said the city could not have worse leadership than the current one. István Tarlós is only a mayor who represents the interests of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Fidesz.
Party alliance Együtt-PM stated, their goal with the local government elections is to create beachheads of freedom and social justice, eventually demolishing the Orbán-regime, said Gergely Karácsony. To accomplish this, Együtt-PM selected candidates with specific plans on winning their districts.
Centrist party LMP, in association with 4K!, would start a community housing project. While far-right party Jobbik spoke more about the campaign, than their plans, announcing that they are to begin the collection of signatures on Monday, while their program for Budapest is to be unveiled on Sunday. (MTI)
MTI photo Zsolt Szigetváry, Együtt-PM Budapest