The Socialist Party yesterday said its members will not attend the inauguration ceremony of president-elect Pál Schmitt due to its cost and an “insulting invitation”.
The cabinet ignored all protocol by sending them an invitation just 24 hours prior to the event, the Socialists said in a statement.
Moreover, Socialist politicians were only put on the guest list after journalists had drawn attention to the oversight, the statement added.
Opposition voters do not look to Schmitt and his party. The Socialists respect the institution of president, but if they and the voters they represent are not welcome guests, they will not attend, it concluded.
Politics Can Be Different (LMP) caucus leader András Schiffer echoed the Socialists’ comments in a statement to MTI.
“It is not right that opposition parties are notified of the presidential inauguration just a day before the event. The intention that the opposition parties are guests non grata is obvious, therefore we will not attend,” Schiffer explained.