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18/11/2019 13:57

Bertalan Tóth: Opposition Unity Can Succeed in Parliamentary Elections after Local Elections

Bertalan Tóth: Opposition Unity Can Succeed in Parliamentary Elections after Local Elections
The so-called ‘slave law’ is one year old. On the anniversary of its submission, attention must be drawn to the fact that trade unions and opposition parties must keep on fighting it, and that the opposition unity it has created can also succeed in the parliamentary elections after the local elections, said president of MSZP Bertalan Tóth on Friday.
After the law was passed, several opposition cities, such as Szeged and Salgótarján, decided that the municipality and its companies would not use the 400 hours overtime allowed by the legislation. It gave the trade unions a little impetus and power, triggering strikes and wage negotiations.
 
But most importantly, the opposition parties have begun their cooperation on this very issue, "the fruit of which has ripened in the local elections."
 
This “led to now being able to run jointly in the municipal elections. On 5 January, I said at Kossuth Square that one-on-one scenarios could break Orbán’s National Co-operation System. This has actually happened in the municipal elections, ”said the party president in the program “Straightforward Talk.” 
 
Due to the slavery law, opposition parties began to negotiate in Parliament. There, the opposition unity was formed and then also on the streets, as opposition leaders proclaimed on stage that they would act together.
 
“And tens of thousands of people there have been instructing opposition leaders to push this opposition cooperation forward. This cooperation has not yet come together at the EP elections, although I called for it there, too, but the municipal elections thankfully brought it about,” he said.
 
The party president was asked about a series of questions that he put to various ministries after Speaker László Kövér’s infamous "checks are stupid” speech, all but one of which rejected Kövér’s claims.
 
Tóth called it "quite interesting" that government representatives confronted Fidesz's caucus leader, the country's third public-law dignity, with their disagreement. As to Kövér’s other claims, such as the mobile phone being "a weapon of mass destruction" Tóth said "they could not be considered funny."
 
In the case of the MSZP municipal representatives in Budafok, whose membership was suspended by the party presidency, which also initiated their exclusion after they voted alongside Fidesz in exchange for positions, Tóth emphasized that it was perfectly normal within a local government board to have disagreement between members of the various opposition parties, as they would not all agree on certain issues.
 
“This is what we wanted. We did not fight to build a system like Fidesz, where there is no place for debate, where differences of opinion must be kept hidden from the public. Indeed, there is room for public debate in a democracy,” he said.
 
But these representatives deceived those through whom they gained their mandates: their constituents, opposition cooperation partners as well as MSZP.
 
“This is unacceptable, outrageous and there is no valid explanation. (…) It cannot happen that as soon as there is dispute between opposition partners, I run to Fidesz and make a deal with them. (…) This is intolerable,” he said.
 
The two representatives will be able to present their reasons before the disciplinary council of MSZP. The party cannot take away their mandates, but "the stigma is on them", and they have to account for their behavior towards their constituents.
 
The party president said they would continue to take very strong measures against those who pose a threat to the opposition unity, and that he hoped that other opposition parties would also take such a strong stance in favour of the unity.
 
"I am convinced that after free cities, the ultimate goal is the establishment of a free Hungary," and that opposition cooperation could lead to a change of government in 2022, he concluded.