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Prime Minister’s Office chief Gergely Gulyas mentioned mobilisation of “civic, national-conservative” voters as one of the major tasks before the upcoming municipal elections, at a press conference on Saturday.

Gulyás warned that parties of the opposition have “made it their goal to topple the government”. He pledged the government’s readiness to support all municipalities but added that “it is easy to see that cooperation will be more fruitful with those officials who do not consider their positions as platforms from which to fight the government”.

Gulyás voiced incomprehension at the opposition parties’ efforts to seek broad cooperation “not only to win the local governments but to use them as tours de force to declare total war on the government”. He also criticised opposition candidates for making campaign pledges “in areas such as taxation or healthcare which are outside mayors’ scopes of influence”.