Joint opposition commemoration event on October 23
Photo: MTI/Szigetváry Zsolt
Gergely Gulyás, the prime minister’s chief of staff, said opposition prime ministerial candidate Péter Márki-Zay, like left-wingers who form a part of the opposition alliance, supported migration “unconditionally”.
He said the 2022 election campaign was expected to be “rough”. He added that the country had been run more effectively by the current government than by the Socialist-Liberal administration between 2002 and 2010, so it was to be expected that Fidesz’s political opponents would conduct
a “rougher campaign, complete with allegations and slander”.
Meanwhile, asked about the “tens of thousands of people” moving out of Budapest, Gulyás said the city’s mayor, Gergely Karácsony, had campaigned on introducing housing subsidies but had not kept his promise, while the capital, he added, was far more rubbish-strewn than two years ago and was beset by traffic jams and homelessness problems.
Responding to a question about his views on a new film depicting the events of 2006 and the role of former prime minister Ferenc Gyurcsány, he praised it. He added that the fact that “far more people” had participated in last weekend’s pro-government Peace March than the opposition demonstration “speaks volumes”.
On the subject of the MOL-INA case in connection with a conviction in Croatia of Zsolt Hernádi, MOL’S CEO, and the Croatian Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the conviction, Gulyas, citing the international arbitration court, said the case had not been conducted according to the rule of law, while the same court had also ruled that the MOL-INA contract had complied with the law. Hungary’s legal system found that it would not be justified to extradite Hernádi to Croatia, he added.
Put to him that the budget of public media foundation MTVA next year will be double that of 2010, Gulyás said
hopefully Hungarian Television will operate more efficiently and with more channels.