Video footage published shortly before the Oct. 13 local elections showed Borkai cavorting on a yacht. Although he was re-elected by a narrow margin, he quit Fidesz a few days after the election.
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Commenting on the announcement, the leftist Democratic Coalition’s spokesman Balázs Barkóczi told a press conference that Borkai was staying on until Friday so that the city assembly could elect Fidesz representatives as deputy mayors at its Thursday meeting. He “recommended” to the ruling party that it should find a “widely respected” person capable of leading the city until the election. The DK spokesman also called on the Hungarian Audit Office to review the Győr authority’s “suspect affairs”.
DK’s Tímea Glázer, who also ran for mayor in Győr, said Borkai’s resignation was “good for the city” but it would have been “fairer” had he stepped down before or immediately after the election.