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OPPOSITION PARTIES REACT TO PM'S ADDRESS

 

Opposition parties gave their reactions to the prime minister’s state-of-the-nation address in which Viktor Orbán laid out in detail his government’s climate protection action plan and its goals to continue developing the country, on Sunday.
Nationalist Jobbik said that the prime minister “has left Hungarians workers and pensioners on their own”. “In the green policy unveiled, the country’s first man seems to be interested in the so-called green government bond,” the leader of the party said. Hungarians are, however, more interested to know how the government plans to protect their families from the effects of an economic crisis, but heard nothing from the prime minister about that, Péter Jakab said.
Socialist leader Bertalan Tóth called Orbán “a one-man fake news factory”. Orbán gave an outline of “a parallel world he has envisioned and created; a world that is about his own achievements,” Tóth said in a video message.
Ferenc Gyurcsány, a former Socialist prime minister and the leader of the Democratic Coalition, said “democratic Hungary has never been as divided as it is now”. He said the country is “now dictated by party state and party logic rather than nation or national governance”. “In the past ten years Hungary became a loser and lost its friends in the community of European nations.”
The Párbeszéd party said in a statement that the prime minister had no answer to Hungary’s health-care, education or housing problems, insisting that instead of finding solutions, Orbán had diverted attention from what was important with a national consultation survey “again costing billions”.
The Greens said the climate protection measures announced by Orbán should have been taken a long time ago and were not in line with current challenges. Greens co-leader Erzsébet Schmuck called for a ministry of climate and sustainability to be set up and for funds in the central budget to be allocated towards those two areas.