“War and peace, and Hungary’s economic achievements are at stake” at Sunday’s election, Zsolt Semjén, deputy prime minister and head of the co-ruling Christian Democrats, said after casting his ballot in Budapest’s 2nd district.
Preserving peace is paramount for the government and for the ruling parties, and that “Hungary should not be allowed to drift into this war”, Semjén said. “Hungarian weapons must not be sent from Hungary and Hungarian soldiers must not fight in this war,” he said. Semjén added that securing Hungary’s energy supplies and “retaining cheap energy” for households were a “primary economic and national interest”.
At stake in Sunday’s parliamentary election is to make a choice between “decline and progress, between war and peace”, the prime minister’s chief of staff said after casting his ballot in Budapest. Gergely Gulyás said the vote would decide “if Hungary continues on the path of development in the past decade”. The election campaign has brought up “conflicting positions concerning the issue of war and peace”, he said and stressed that peace and security in Hungary “must be ensured in all circumstances”.
“We have a position on who is to blame for the Russia-Ukraine war, but… we must not drift into this war;
we must stay away from it,” Gulyás said. Hungary must not send weapons or support any sanctions on fuels that would “harm Europe and Hungary more than Russia”, he said. Gulyás said he expected the ruling parties to win the election.
Concerning the referendum held simultaneously with the election, Gulyás referred to the importance of ensuring long-term conditions for child protection and warned that
“in Europe, in Germany for example, they want to allow boys or girls as young as 14 to make a decision on the change of sex”. “We must firmly reject that and this is the moment to say so,”