The Hungarian State Audit Office (ASZ) published its investigation plan for the next months, and according to the schedule, the ruling Fidesz-KDNP alliance doesn’t have to be concerned about an investigation before the spring elections, because they won’t be scrutinised until 2019, daily Magyar Nemzet reports.
According to the newspaper the foundations of opposition parties should expect investigations in the first half of 2018. The foundations of Jobbik, the Socialist Party (MSZP), green party LMP, the Democratic Coalition (DK), Together (Egyutt), Dialogue (Parbeszed) and the Liberals will be examined by the body which fined Jobbik 660 million forints. After the strongest opposition party, the State Audit Office – led by a former Fidesz politician – fined several other opposition parties too.
Magyar Nemzet asked the ASZ’s spokesman, Balint Horvath, why aren’t they examining the ruling parties and their foundations, but he said that the ruling parties have been examined this summer already. He said everything was alright with Fidesz, and they found some minor faults at KDNP.
As the ASZ is conducting the investigation of parties and their foundations every two years, Fidesz and KDNP should expect the auditors not earlier than 2019.
According to the opposition political interests and governmental orders are clearly behind the investigations of the State Audit Office.
ASZ is led by a former Fidesz lawmaker, Laszlo Domokos. In an interview with Origo, he said that the body can’t consider political factors, its duty is to ensure compliance with the law, independently from politics.