Klára Dobrev, an MEP of the Democratic Coalition (DK), has won the first round of the opposition’s primary election, the official website elovalasztas2021.hu said on Friday.
The opposition DK, Jobbik, LMP, Momentum, Socialist and Párbeszéd parties held the first round of their primary between September 18 and 28, to choose the joint prime ministerial candidate for the spring general election.
The first round drew 633,811 voters, and ended with Dobrev garnering 34.76 percent of the vote (214,319 votes). Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony, supported by the Socialists, Párbeszéd and LMP, came second with 27.31 percent (168,396 votes), followed by Péter Márki-Zay, a candidate of Mindenki Magyarorszaga Movement with 20.02 percent (123,453 votes).
According to the primary rules, a second round is to be held if none of the candidates gets at least 50 percent of the votes among the top three candidates (with at least 15 percent of the vote in the first round to be eligible), elovalasztas2021.hu said.
Jobbik’s Péter Jakab (14.1 percent, 86,909 votes) and Momentum’s András Fekete-Győr (3.4 percent, 20,944 votes) have failed to qualify for the second round.
Meanwhile, PM Orbán said in Kossuth Rádió today morning that the opposition’s claim that they would align utility prices to the world market in effect means scrapping the government’s measures to cut utility prices. “The problem with Hungarian politics is that we keep arguing about whether the past should return,
rather than looking into the future,”
Orbán said. The well-known figures of the Gyurcsány-Bajnai governments, which were in power between 2004-2010, are trying to make a comeback, he said. “We would be back to where we were before 2010 … if they return, so will high prices,” he said.