Opposition discussed cooperation in by-elections

Opposition party representatives said consultations on Wednesday for cooperation in upcoming by-elections were “constructive and held amid a good atmosphere”.

Socialist representative in Budapest, Csaba Horvath, who initiated the meeting, said the participants were in agreement that further consultations will be held prior to all by-elections. The aim is to run a single opposition candidate against the ruling Fidesz candidate, he added.

If the parties are unable to agree on a single candidate because there is more than one potential candidate with a good chance of being elected then a pre-selection procedure could be held, Horvath said. How this should happen is a work in progress and the by-elections of the upcoming period will help in finding a solution, he added.

Green opposition LMP’s representative at the talks, Peter Ungar, also said the meeting was constructive but he declined to reveal details. LMP will take into consideration the proposals presented, and there is “considerable hope” that an agreement can be reached for the next upcoming by-election, he added.

Opposition Parbeszed board member Marta V. Naszalyi said the consultations gave reason for hope, and Hungarian Liberal Party’s Viktor Szabadai said cooperation was clearly necessary. Momentum board member Tamas Soproni said talks have already started on cooperation for the mayoral by-election in Budapest’s 8th district and he was hopeful a solution would be found.

Source and photo: MTI

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