Prime Minister Viktor Orban will not have a public discussion with PM candidates of the opposition parties, according to information from the prime minister’s office chief.
“The time for debates is over, it is now up to the voters to make a decision,” Bertalan Havasi said at MTI’s enquiry. He said that the prime minister has had “innumerable” debates with the opposition in parliament.
Several opposition parties have recently called on Orban to enter into a public discussion and present his arguments for his policies in the past two cycles.
Most recently, Socialist-Dialogue (MSZP-Parbeszed) prime ministerial candidate Gergely Karacsony wrote an open letter urging Orban to attend a debate, stressing that it’s the prime minister’s “duty”. Earlier, socialists proposed a law to force the prime minister to debate before the elections.
Jobbik chairman and PM candidate Gabor Vona has urged Orban to debate several times in the parliament. The strongest opposition party’s chief called the prime minister “pathetic” for refusing to debate.
Source: MTI/Hungary Journal