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KARÁCSONY: LOCAL COUNCIL SYSTEM AT STAKE ON OCT. 13

 

At stake in next month’s local elections is whether Hungary’s local council system will be left intact, Gergely Karácsony, the joint Budapest mayoral candidate of the leftist opposition parties, said. “We believe that by representing the will of the people who want change we will regain the freedom that the policies of the last several years have taken away from local councils,” Karácsony told a campaign event he held with other opposition mayoral candidates marking the day of local councils. “It is with this freedom that we want to make localities greener and encourage them to demonstrate more solidarity towards one another.” He said the opposition candidates and Hungary’s opposition MEPs also want to persuade the European Union to increase the amount of direct funding available to local councils for local developments.