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Opposition parties on Thursday criticised Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in connection with an international press conference Orbán held in Budapest.
The Democratic Coalition (DK) slammed Orbán for “not bothering with real questions from the people and journalists”. DK spokesman Balázs Barkóczi said Orbán’s was “behaviour typical of mafia dons or dictators that are beyond reach”. Barkóczi said that at Thursday’s press conference, Orbán “pretends, after the example of [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, to be interested in his own country or the questions of journalists”. Meanwhile, he “hides” so he only has to answer questions that had been agreed on well in advance, Barkóczi insisted.
Meanwhile, green opposition LMP said it had become clear from Orbán’s presser that only his ousting would bring about “a real turnaround” in the fight against climate change in Hungary. “Whereas not long ago Fidesz politicians were still disputing the mere fact of climate change, within a few weeks following the municipal elections not only has the prime minister recognised the gravity of the problem but … the government even managed to resolve the issue during the holidays,” LMP co-leaders Erzsébet Schmuck and János Kendernay said in a statement.
Opposition Socialists deputy group leader Tamás Harangozó said Orbán should have talked about planned developments in health care and education during his first press conference of the year. He also said Orbán should pay more attention to his fellow party members, especially former head of the prime minister’s office János Lázár, who recently said that Fidesz had lost touch with reality. Harangozó said that even if employment figures in Hungary appeared to be good, several hundred thousand Hungarians had chosen to work abroad and almost all car manufacturers had announced lay-offs.