The leader of the Socialist Party called the result of Sunday’s European Parliament election “a failure” for the opposition.
Bertalan Tóth, who was the Socialist-Párbeszéd alliance’s list leader, noted at a press conference that the two parties’ joint campaign had resulted in a single mandate. However, the party’s board has decided unanimously to press ahead with the autumn local elections without any changes, he said.
He insisted that in many localities in which opposition election deals were already in place, today’s results suggested that opposition cooperation could unseat Fidesz.
“This is a responsibility that the Socialist leadership undertakes, and it will not resign,” he added.
Toth said he would not take over his EP mandate, and the party board would decide on Saturday who should receive it.