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SOCIALISTS INITIATE STRATEGIC CONSULTATIONS ON EP ELECTIONS

 

The opposition Socialists’ campaign chief for the 2019 European Parliamentary elections has invited other campaign chiefs of the “democratic opposition parties” for strategic consultations in the first week of January, adding that joint efforts could cause cracks on the regime of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

The opposition has huge responsibility to assume for halting the “efforts of Orbán and his oligarchs to establish dictatorial rule,” István Ujhelyi said.

As ruling Fidesz’s failure to win a majority of Hungarian EP seats would reveal the vulnerability of the Orbán regime, the opposition forces competing for voters should in any case coordinate their strategies, he said. “Obviously, this cannot mean a large joint opposition list,” he said, adding that several parties have already named their candidates for the elections.

Referring to the pre-Christmas demonstrations, Ujhelyi said that unprecedented and exemplary cooperation of opposition forces, trade unions and voters had created a common front against the Orbán regime, adding that the protests would resume in January. Fidesz said in response that Ujhelyi represented “Brussels and its immigration policy”. Hungary needs MEPs representing Hungarian interests, as done by the ruling Fidesz-Christian Democrat alliance, it said.