The prime ministerial candidate of the green LMP party has called for cooperation between opposition parties, noting the young revolutionaries of 1848 who “may not have all liked each other but were able to work together for a common cause”.
At a commemoration marking the 170th anniversary of Hungary’s anti-Habsburg revolution on Thursday, Bernadett Szél warned that the opposition would not win the upcoming election “unless there is the broadest possible cooperation between its parties”.
“Most voters want to see a change of government,” she said. “There is no need to threaten each other; everyone must sit down at the negotiating table where LMP is already sitting.”
Referring to the 1848 slogans “independence, sovereignty, and autonomy”, Szél said:
“We must recapture our independence from politicians who have gradually stripped us of it.”
Szél insisted that 1848 revolutionaries “would be even more critical” of the incumbent government, which “respects nothing: not independence, not freedom, not the people.” Prime Minister Viktor Orbán “prefers his own power to the future of the country,” she said. “As soon as there’s no rule of law, anything can happen to anyone,” she added.
LMP co-leader Ákos Hadházy said the rulers in 1848 were mistaken when they thought that “Hungarians are stupid cowards who can only fight each other”. “Now the government thinks the same way.” “It will turn out in the next few days whether the opposition parties hate each other or the government more,” he said, adding he hoped that competing opposition candidates would withdraw in favour of those with the highest chance of winning.