Olga Kálmán, the Democratic Coalition’s (DK) Budapest mayoral candidate defeated by Gergely Karácsony in the preselection process, said she now fully backed her former rival. Karácsony of the Socialist-Párbeszéd alliance won the preselection process held by several opposition parties to field a candidate against incumbent mayor István Tarlós in the autumn local elections. “There is no question that from now on the opposition’s candidate for Budapest mayor is called Gergely Karácsony, and there is no question that I’ll help him as best as I can,” Kálmán told a press conference. She said that DK would work from now on to ensure that Karacsony won the mayoral election. Karácsony won the preselection with 33,355 votes ahead of Kálmán with 25,093 votes.
At a separate press conference, Karácsony said that the Socialists, Párbeszéd, the leftist Democratic Opposition (DK) and Momentum parties will set up a “political body” and run a joint campaign staff. During the campaign, they will draw on the resources of all the parties and build on the work of activists, he said. “Money, power and the media are on the side of [ruling] Fidesz,” he said, adding that the opposition could only compensate by “filling the streets with activists”. Karácsony said that hopefully, the “circle of cooperating parties will soon expand”. They need green LMP and nationalist Jobbik too, he said.