Ferenc Gyurcsány, leader of the opposition Democratic Coalition (DK), hailed the agreement his party has recently reached with the Socialists on coordinated nominations in Hungary’s 106 individual constituencies for next spring’s general election, at a public event in Budapest on Friday.
The two parties agreed earlier this week that the Socialists would field a candidate in 60 and DK in the remaining 46 individual election districts. Socialist leader Gyula Molnár then confirmed that the Socialists’ PM candidate would be Gergely Karácsony, co-leader of the Párbeszéd party.
The deal means that the basis of an opposition cooperation has been created, Gyurcsány told reporters while distributing Christmas charity at central Blaha Lujza Square.
He expressed hope that DK would reach further agreements on election cooperation with other democratic parties.
Under Hungary’s current election system the party that wins the majority of individual mandates will win the election, Gyurcsány said, urging an agreement by the democratic opposition parties in the individual constituencies.
Gyurcsány said he had no objection against Karácsony’s nomination “as the PM candidate of the democratic opposition” as long as he does not feature on any party list.
The DK leader confirmed that he would not be a PM candidate.
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