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Opposition Politicians Angered by “Giggling” Orbán in Interview

Hungary Today 2021.04.23.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s weekly radio interview aired on Friday morning, in which the Prime Minister announced that 3.5 million people had already been vaccinated, and also talked about the next steps of Hungary’s lifting of restrictions. Many opposition politicians were angered by the cheerful and “giggling” tone of the PM, while population-wise, Hungary has the most fatalities in the world.

In a Facebook post, András Fekete-Győr, Monentums’s candidate for prime minister, criticized Orbán’s cheerful attitude during the interview, given that Hungary now has the most coronavirus deaths relative to its population.

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“Viktor Orbán while giggling gave an interview to the state radio about the opening. After that, Hungary became the world leader in coronavirus deaths,” Fekete-Győr says.

Ferenc Gyurcsány, the president of the Democratic Coalition, also heavily criticized the bubbly tone of the PM during the interview in light of the pandemic.

“What’s so funny Mr. Prime Minister? That in proportion to the population most people in the world die here?”, Gyurcsány asked.

Are you enjoying yourself? After 26,000 deceased Hungarians, the next morning you dare to laughingly talk about a pint of beer waiting for you on your terrace?!”

“After the change of government, something entirely different will be waiting for him. Be prepared. It won’t be as bright there as on his terrace,” Gyurcsány concluded.

Péter Jakab, the president of Jobbik, called it a tragedy that Viktor Orbán leads the country.

I laughed. It was at that point when I realized that there was no use responding to this. This man is a joke. And even though I laughed, I immediately frowned. Because in reality he is not a joke, but a tragedy that he is leading the country.”

In his Facebook post, Máté Kanász-Nagy, the co-leader of LMP, focused on the vaccination of people under 18. He is glad that the Orbán government “finally realized” that those between the age of 16 and 18 should also be vaccinated and that the government will examine the inoculation of the age group of 12-16 as well. But according to Kanász-Nagy, it would have been better to do that before reopening schools.

In the featured photo: DK president Ferenc Gyurcsány. Photo by Tamás Kovács/MTI