Socialists Call for Ethnic Hungarians abroad Electing Lawmakers from among Themselves
Miklós Halász-Szabó 2018.11.19.
To have a more credible representation in Hungary’s parliament, ethnic Hungarian communities abroad should elect lawmakers from among themselves rather than on party lists compiled in Budapest, the opposition Socialists said on Friday.
Deputy head of parliament’s national cohesion committee Zsolt Molnár told a press conference during a Hungarian Permanent Conference meeting in Budapest that the parliamentary parties should start talks on voting rights and consider setting up individual constituencies and even separate party lists for ethnic Hungarians beyond the border.
In response to a question, Molnár said even if their proposal was not popular with the Fidesz-KDNP alliance, they trusted that the ruling parties would sooner or later realise that the credible parliamentary representation of ethnic Hungarians beyond the border would require lawmakers elected from among themselves.
The Socialists also proposed at the conference that the government should spend more on supporting those who stay in their homeland. While support available from the Bethlen Gábor Foundation is mostly targeted, the Socialists believe that at least 90-95 percent of it should be distributed through open tenders, he added.
The Socialists support cultural autonomy and even territorial autonomy, Molnar said, adding that these goals can only be attained through more effective cooperation between the countries in the Carpathian Basin.