Anett Bősz, a member of the Liberal Party who joined Párbeszéd’s parliamentary group, on Friday announced that she would leave the group and continue as an independent.
House regulations stipulate that a minimum of five MPs are needed to form a parliamentary group. With Bősz’s exit, Párbeszéd’s group will be down to four, and could thereby be disbanded, stripping its members of committee memberships and funding.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Bősz said that
their “political allies have in the past weeks given clear signs of breaching the written and oral agreements with the Liberal party.”
In the past two weeks the allied parties have made it clear that they do not intend to truly cooperate with the Liberals, she said.
Deputy Liberal leader Ádám Sermer said their “alleged partners” have given no guarantees to allow Bősz to represent the liberal agenda in the group. He added, however, that the Liberals still intend to cooperate with the opposition Socialist-Párbeszéd alliance on many counts.
Commenting on the announcement, Párbeszéd group leader Tímea Szabó said that the future of the parliamentary group after Bősz’s exit is “immaterial”. The Socialist-Párbeszéd alliance will “continue to fight to dismantle the Orbán regime”, she said.
Socialist spokesman Bertalan Tóth said that the party “cannot be blackmailed” and will make allowances for money.