Budapest (MTI) – President Janos Ader re-inaugurated a statue depicting Lajos Kossuth and members of the historic Batthyany government in Kossuth Square near Parliament on Tuesday.
He said that on this day 167 years ago, Kossuth, a delegate from Pest county, submitted a proposal to the Parliament in Bratislava, asking MPs to join forces in the interest of Hungary’s main targets. This proposal later developed into a programme for a civic Hungary, he added.
“If we look at the great figures of our history, we can see people who considered public trust, public consensus, loyalty and shaking hands more important than any personal disputes,” Ader said.
This is why Hungarians wanted to see a statue depicting the members of the first Hungarian government at the beginning of the 20th century, he added referring to the time when the Kossuth statue was originally inaugurated at parliament in 1927.
However, this original statue was moved to the southeast Hungarian town of Dombovar in the early 1950s and replaced with a different composition, depicting Kossuth surrounded by peasants and workers, in line with the Communist ideology of the time.
Under the arrangements of the recent revamp programme for the square, the original Kossuth statue by Janos Horvay has been recast, and this is the statue that was inaugurated on Tuesday.