Opposition rejects Orban’s threat

Leaders of the opposition parties have criticised Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban for “threatening” his political opponents.

“After the election we will of course seek amends – moral, political and legal amends”, Orban said at the public commemoration marking the 170th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848 on Thursday.

The leader of the strongest opposition party, Jobbik said on Friday that Orban has become “unworthy of leading Hungary” because he “threatened” Hungarian people voting against ruling Fidesz in the April 8 general election. Addressing a public forum in Nagykanizsa, in southwestern Hungary, Gabor Vona accused those in power of “having discredited, destroyed, blackmailed, driven away and put in their pockets or lied about” the people, organisations, parties and NGOs which raised their voice against their rule.

“What on earth is that he has not yet done over the past eight years in power? Is he going to give order to shoot?”

Vona asked, referring to the prime minister.

“It is only dictators who threaten the opposition with political and legal sanctions. It is only Erdogan and Putin who are speaking in such terms, just the leaders with whom our prime minister would hold so cordial talks,”

Gergely Karacsony, PM candidate of the Socialist-Parbeszed alliance, said on Friday.

The recent mayoral by-election in Hodmezovasarhely demonstrated that the advocates of change form a majority while ruling Fidesz “is an organised minority, which steals taxpayer money, wants to appropriate our national pride and represents a dictatorial policy,” Karacsony told a press conference. Karacsony called it a “grave strategic error” that Orban “would go to Brussels to wage war and pays friendly visits to Turkey, Russia and China”. The Socialist-Parbeszed PM candidate said that the advocates of change could put an end to “policies that excommunicate all who are not Orban’s supporters.” 

According to well-known Hungarian political analyst Gabor Torok, associate professor at the Corvinus University in Budapest, Viktor Orban “didn’t say what was useful for him, but what he really thinks or rather, feels in this issue”. Torok added that if this is the case, Orban did something that he rarely does in his speeches: he made a serious political mistake.

Source: Hungary Journal/MTI
Photo: MTI

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