Budapest, March 12 (MTI) – Hungary’s parliament will vote on the country’s next president on Monday, the lawmakers’ agenda shows. George Soros, the Hungarian-born US billionaire, is behind the candidacy of László Majtényi for Hungary’s president, the communications director for governing Fidesz said at a press conference on Sunday.
The ruling Fidesz-Christian-Democrat alliance has nominated János Áder, the incumbent president, for the next five-year term, while the leftist opposition has put forward former data protection commissioner László Majtenyi.
The president will be selected in a secret ballot in a single round if one of the candidates garners two thirds of the vote. Otherwise a second round will be held in which a simple majority will decide.
The process of electing the president will start at 9.30 in the morning.
Fidesz: Majtényi ‘Soros’s candidate’
“Available information indicates that László Majtényi is actually the candidate of George Soros. George Soros’s interests and George Soros’s money are behind him,” said Balázs Hidvéghi.
Whoever serves the power and business interests of this “billionaire stock market speculator” cannot serve Hungarian interests, as the two exclude each other, he added.
Hidveghi said it was “a disgrace” that the country’s left-wing parties were backing “foreign power interests” rather than a candidate committed to Hungarian national interests. Majtenyi failed to give clear and straightforward answers about how much money he had got from Soros and to what ends.
Although Majtenyi has denied knowing George Soros, “this cannot be true” as they established the Eötvös Károly Public Policy Institute together years ago, Hidvéghi said. The aim of setting up the institute was to influence public opinion, Hungarian politics and public life, he added.
Hungarian lawmakers will hold a vote on the country’s next president on Monday. The ruling Fidesz-Christian-Democrat alliance has nominated Janos Ader, the incumbent president, for the next five-year term, while the leftist opposition has put forward Majtényi, a former data protection commissioner.
In a statement in reaction to Hidvéghi’s comments, the opposition Democratic Coalition party said that if the governing Fidesz party wanted to fight against Soros’s people then they should start with Viktor Orbán, the prime minister, who “went into politics with Soros’s support and studied in Oxford with Soros’s money”.