The Socialist Party has called on candidates of the democratic opposition in the upcoming by-election in Western Hungary’s Veszprém to withdraw from competition and ensure support for independent candidate Zoltán Kész.
Local Socialist leader Zoltán Gőgös said that Kész was the only candidate who had the chance to “break the momentum” of the ruling parties. Gőgös singled out the green LMP party, and warned that its insisting on fielding a candidate of its own could help ruling Fidesz to an election victory by just a few percent of the votes.
LMP co-leader András Schiffer, however, said that LMP’s candidate Ferenc Gerstmár was “the only alternative” to Fidesz, and called Kész a candidate of the “pseudo-Left”. He insisted that those voting for Kész “do not wish to have a real opposition”.
Sunday’s by-election will be crucial from the point of view of ruling Fidesz retaining its two-thirds majority in Parliament.