Péter Márki-Zay, the prime ministerial candidate of the opposition, is in full ideological agreement with Democratic Coalition head Ferenc Gyurcsány, despite the “arguments put on for show”, Gergely Gulyás, the prime minister’s chief of staff, said on Friday.
Gulyás told an interview published on the atv.hu website that the government offered to continue implementing its achievements so far if elected in the general election in the spring.
Those measures include utility price cuts, rejecting migration and strengthening border protection, new jobs and a work-based economy, he said.
Regarding the “basically symbiotic unity” between Márki-Zay and Gyurcsány, Gulyás said the former “opposes the utility price cuts and wants an inclusive society,” and the latter “would demolish the [border] fence.”
When he was in power as a Socialist Party prime minister between 2004 and 2009, Gyurcsány also doubled electricity prices and tripled gas prices, he said.
Meanwhile, the minimum wage, “which hardly increased under left-wing governments”, was hiked to 200,000 forints (EUR 540) under Fidesz from 73,500 forints in 2010, he said.
At the general election next spring, Fidesz would need 100 seats in parliament to have a majority, Gulyás said. “That’s what we’d like to achieve. Anything above that is God’s gift, a bonus,” he added.