Voters next year will get to decide whether they want a “gentle and soft-spoken” government instead of one that works to create enemies and conflicts in society, Gergely Karácsony, joint prime ministerial candidate of the opposition Socialists, the Liberal Party and Párbeszéd, said on Friday.
Politics should be about the peaceful everyday lives of voters and governing about “small clever steps” that “steer Hungary back towards Europe”, the Párbeszéd co-leader told a press conference he held jointly with the leaders of the other two parties.
Karácsony said that if he became prime minister, his government would “create a world” in which politics is not about “constant fighting and seeing everyone as an enemy”.
He said the three parties he represents consider it their duty to make politics to be about a good education system and quality health care, as well as higher wages and pensions.
“Our job is to establish peace, first within the opposition base and then for the country as a whole,” he said.
Karácsony said the opposition parties that have joined forces would hold out hope until the end that other opposition parties will join them. “We’ll keep the door open for other parties and communities until the last minute,” he said.
Karácsony said he would not withdraw from PM candidacy even if not all opposition parties join forces for the 2018 spring election.
Ágnes Kunhalmi, leader of the Socialists’ Budapest chapter, said the opposition parties would be doomed to failure if they fight separately in the election but have a chance of victory if they join forces.
Next spring Hungarians will be given a chance to “chase out their tyrants” and send the message to Europe that “they are not a quarrelsome people full of hatred but a peace-loving one that would like to cooperate with it.”
Socialist leader Gyula Molnár said the party’s national list for the 2018 election would be topped by Karácsony.
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