Orban’s Achilles heel

Hungary’s opposition is in a precarious situation, but they can put the ruling Fidesz party in a difficult situation at the 2018 elections, if they overcome their differences, Balazs Cseko writes in Die Presse.

Among decided voters, Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party can get 49 percent among decided voters, according to a recent poll by Zavecz Research. The biggest opposition party, Jobbik can expect 18 percent, while the fragmented left-liberal opposition can have 30 percent together.

The Hungarian electoral law, changed by Fidesz in 2011, favours the winner, thus creating a distorted election result. The situation is promising for Fidesz, but if all the opposition parties put aside their ideological and personal differences and have joint candidates, they can pose a threat to Orban.

A cooperation of the opposition is only possible if taboos are put aside. Cseko writes that the antisemitism and racism in Jobbik’s past shouldn’t be forgotten, but the party still has to be included in the cooperation because without them it’s not possible to prevent another Fidesz victory.

According to the journalist, if the tactical coalition wins, it must focus on the fundamental tasks: changing the constitution (created by Fidesz in 2011), the election law and then holding new elections to create stable and clear relations in the parliament.

Without a full cooperation it’s impossible to end the Fidesz regime, but if the opposition party’s put aside their differences, they can get Fidesz at its Achilles heel, he stresses.

Hungary Journal
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