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PUZSÉR OFFERS COOPERATION TO OPPOSITION IN LOCAL ELECTIONS

 

Róbert Puzsér, an independent Budapest mayoral candidate backed by opposition Jobbik and LMP parties, has put forward an offer to cooperate with the rest of the opposition with a view to defeating Fidesz in the autumn local elections. Puzser said he and his team were convinced that the opposition could replicate the joint campaign that propelled Péter Márki-Zay to the mayorship of Hódmezővásárhely, in south-eastern Hungary, in February 2018. The opposition parties had all backed Márki-Zay in that election. Puzsér said this meant that Fidesz could only be ousted “from the centre and not from the far left”. He said his offer comprised a “fair” division of the metropolitan districts among the opposition parties, a “minimum joint platform” that included an anti-corruption package, and a primary to select a joint Budapest mayoral candidate not organised by the Socialist Party.